New Organ for the Historic San Gabriel Mission

The vintage Wurlitzer pipe organ at the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, CA, was totally destroyed in the July 2020 arson fire that gutted the 250-year-old building.  Plans for the restoration of the building began almost immediately, including planning for a new organ.

Church Keyboard Center is honored to provide a new 3-manual 59-stop Rodgers Imagine organ that will support with great versatility the wide range of events that take place in the Mission building, including concert performances.

With the multiple organs that are built-in and the extensive voicing capability, we plan to adapt one of the organ suites to replicate the sound of a mission organ of the eighteenth century when the San Gabriel Mission was built and became the birthplace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

We are anticipating the organ installation to be completed by mid-2022.

The July 2020 fire at the historic San Gabriel Mission

The July 2020 fire at the historic San Gabriel Mission that gutted the interior and destroyed the vintage Wurlitzer pipe organ

The San Gabriel Mission interior the morning after the fire

The San Gabriel Mission interior the morning after the fire

May 2021--the restoration begins. A temporary roof structure (seen here)was quickly added after the fire to protect the interior from winter rains

May 2021–the restoration in progress. A temporary roof structure (seen here) was quickly added after the fire to protect the interior from winter rains.

September 2021--Church Keyboard provided an organ for the prayer service in the Mission parking lot that kicked off the 250th Jubilee Year celebration of the founding of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

September 2021–Church Keyboard provided an organ for the prayer service in the Mission parking lot that kicked off the 250th Jubilee Year celebration of the founding of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

December 2021--restoration continues with the permanent roof structure complete

December 2021–restoration continues with the permanent roof structure complete

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