Welcome to the First Baptist Church of Sacramento pipe organ restoration page! We hope you find this page interesting.
Among the trees and Victorian houses of Midtown Sacramento, the 1929 Modern English Gothic sanctuary houses a hidden gem—a pipe organ first designed and built by James Blaine Jamison and the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vermont.
The Estey Opus 2782 started as a 2 manual 17 rank instrument. This was expanded by Hillgreen-Lane & Company of Alliance, Ohio, under Opus 1180 to a 3 manual 29 rank instrument. In 1996, Warren Potter of Napa, California, replaced the console with a MIDI-capable OSI 3 manual console and the current organ stands as a 3 manual 30 rank instrument.
The organ has served faithfully as a church and concert instrument. As recently as November 2013, Ms. Diane Bish of The Joy of Music performed on the instrument and described the organ as “especially smooth and rich in sound and beautiful to the ear” and “especially fulfilling to play”.
However, despite the organ’s colorful and storied past, time has left its mark on the instrument. Worn leathers and chests render dead keys and ciphers. Unstable relays result in shorts and dead manuals. The current instability of the instrument leaves the church with an undependable organ that is used with a great degree of uncertainty.
Our goal is to restore and complete the organ as James Blaine Jamison described in his book, Organ Design and Appraisal. As a small congregation of 150, we cannot complete this project on our own. Any support to preserve this instrument would be greatly appreciated!
Please take a look around this website to explore the history of the church and the pipe organ! We appreciate your support in this endeavor!