Calvary Christian Assembly, Seattle :: Assembly

Calvary Christian Assembly, Seattle

Calvary Christian Assembly - 3/25 Kimball-Wurlitzer
Seattle, Washington
Organ installation timeframe: 1942 - present
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Expanded Calvary console, 2014
The Calvary Christian Assembly (CCA) organ is a combination of Kimball & Wurlitzer pipework controlled by a Balcom & Vaughan console. Kimball Opus 6651 (Liberty Theatre, Centralia) was built in 1922, and in 1942 was acquired by and installed in Hollywood Temple (across 8th Ave. where I-5 is today) as a memorial to Mr. E. R. Erickson. It has served the congregation 72 years.
When the present building was completed, the Kimball was moved from Hollywood Temple with the console placed out of view next to the old choir loft. During the late 1960s the organ was melded with Wurlitzer Opus 697 (Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood, CA), acquired from the well-known California gospel music personality, Lorin Whitney. The combined and enlarged organ was installed by Balcom & Vaughan Pipe Organs and contained 19 ranks plus two sets of chimes, marimba and chrysoglott. The new Balcom & Vaughn console was equipped with a full complement of combination pistons operated by a then-state-of-the-art mechanical control system. The enlarged and reinstalled organ was dedicated June 28, 1970.
More information about the instrument prior to the 2014 expansion
The instrument served the church well for many years. Over the years the organ was used less and less and slowly fell into a state of needing much repair.
In 2008, Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society (PSTOS), the local Chapter of American Theatre Organ Society, agreed to host the 2010 week long ATOS international convention and wished to include the CCA organ in the program lineup. To prepare the instrument for presentation to this group of critical listeners, PSTOS invested considerable time and resources to bring the organ up to an acceptable concert performance level. That event was such a resounding success that PSTOS began working with CCA to produce one or two theatre organ concerts each year. But the organ still needed a great deal of costly maintenance and repair not included in the church budget.
It was learned that other ATOS chapters in the U.S. and abroad had formed alliances with churches wherein...


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