An old pipe organ is stored at the El Dorado County Fairground in Placerville. The organ is one of the grandest and last surviving works of a Goteborg, Sweden, designer, John Bergstrom, who came to San Francisco in 1864 and manufactured dozens of exquisite pipe organs for churches before his death in 1907. Many were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fires. The one in Placerville was believed to have been in the historic Placerville Federated Church for generations. But in recent decades, it’s been in storage – and disrepair – at the county fairground. Now fairground officials wants it moved – and a Rancho Cordova music professor and organ designer is advocating for its restoration and display elsewhere.
An old pipe organ is stored at the El Dorado County Fairground in Placerville. The organ is one of the grandest and last surviving works of a Goteborg, Sweden, designer, John Bergstrom, who came to San Francisco in 1864 and manufactured dozens of exquisite pipe organs for churches before his death in 1907. Many were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fires. The one in Placerville was believed to have been in the historic Placerville Federated Church for generations. But in recent decades, it’s been in storage – and disrepair – at the county fairground. Now fairground officials wants it moved – and a Rancho Cordova music professor and organ designer is advocating for its restoration and display elsewhere. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com
An old pipe organ is stored at the El Dorado County Fairground in Placerville. The organ is one of the grandest and last surviving works of a Goteborg, Sweden, designer, John Bergstrom, who came to San Francisco in 1864 and manufactured dozens of exquisite pipe organs for churches before his death in 1907. Many were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fires. The one in Placerville was believed to have been in the historic Placerville Federated Church for generations. But in recent decades, it’s been in storage – and disrepair – at the county fairground. Now fairground officials wants it moved – and a Rancho Cordova music professor and organ designer is advocating for its restoration and display elsewhere. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com

Musical marvel, stuck in El Dorado County warehouse, needs a home

January 24, 2015 5:00 PM

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