Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Möller - 3M/54R
The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church occupies the same city block in downtown Atlanta as Central Presbyterian Church. Both remain as the oldest standing churches in Atlanta having survived Sherman's march on Atlanta.
In the early 1980's the Shrine suffered a devastating fire to the nave and gallery area of the building. In 1982 the M.P. Möller company built a new 3 manual 56 rank organ for the gallery location. Unfortunately the Möller was plagued with many problems of the period resulting from antiquated relay designs and poor zinc metal in the large facade and bass pipes.
Since 2001, in addition to our regular maintenance work, our firm has completed upgrades to the console capture system and relays, replacement of all of the failing zinc pipes (new pipes constructed in copper, but painted). Many of the remaining bass pipes were fitted with new languids and re-voiced.
As well as zinc pipe replacement the following stops were replaced to correct scaling problems:
- Great 8' Trompete
- Positiv 8' Festival Trumpet
- Great IV-V Mixture
The remaining reed stops of the organ were removed for cleaning and regulation in 2001. At that time, a significant amount of revoicing and regulation was done to correct problems and complete the tonal finishing from the 1982 installation. The organ is used today extensively for weddings in addition the regular services.