church organ pipes

The Skinner Organ:

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

Glendale, California

OPUS 774

Built for and installed in St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church, Reading, Pennsylvania in 1929, the Opus 774 is a beautiful instrument, representing the finest of moderate-sized organs designed and built by E.M. Skinner, one of the foremost American organ builders of the twentieth century. The original donors of the organ also endowed it, so it was maintained in its original, pristine condition - no alterations or changes of any kind were ever made to the instrument. Sadly, the church itself had no such endowment, and was forced to close due to declining membership. The new owners of the building had no need for the organ nor desire to maintain it, and so offered it for sale. St. Mark's, with an aging organ in need of much work, purchased the Opus 774 in December of 2004. The organ was removed and placed in storage until such time as it could be installed in its new home. The installation began in August of 2009.

The organ is beautiful to see as well as hear. With a concern for its historic significance, much care has been taken to restore the instrument, using original parts whenever possible. All the pipes, reservoirs, cases and the blower have been lovingly cleaned and restored. The console was executed in Gothic revival style, hand-carved of American black walnut, and retains its original finish.

Read a brief history of how the Opus 774 found a new home at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA, by David Houston, Organist and Music Director, St. Mark's Church.

Click here for an interesting article on the history of E.M. Skinner.

organ console
The former organ

3 men with large wooden organ pipes
Installing the
Skinner Organ

close-up of organ pipes
Photos of the
Skinner Organ