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Who We Are

About the Historic Organ Restoration Committee

Some of our shop staff and volunteers.

Our History

     Historic Organ Restoration Committee is a 501c3 chartered by the state of New Jersey for the restoration and preservation of the two pipe organs of Historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. In addition to the actual physical restoration of the instruments, HORC seeks to educate and increase awareness of the unique importance of these instruments as irreplaceable national treasures through programming and tours throughout the year. The large organ (main auditorium) is the world’s largest musical instrument; the smaller instrument (Adrian Phillips Theater) is one uniquely suited to the interpretation of silent film.

     HORC was formed by the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority on February 13, 2004, for the solicitation of funds for the restoration of the pipe organ(s) of Atlantic City Convention Hall (now Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall). HORC seeks to demonstrate the singular capabilities of the unique musical treasures of Boardwalk Hall and raise awareness for the need for additional funds to complete the project of the restoration of both organs to their original musical capabilities. $16 million is needed over the next 10 years to return both organs to fully functional.

     Currently, the past several years of work have allowed the first 95% of the Ballroom organ and approximately 62% of the Main Auditorium organ to return to functionality.  The use of these instruments for programming such as outlined above, allows us to make people aware of the presence of the instruments within the building. The instruments otherwise are not necessarily visually obvious to guests of Boardwalk Hall as they are enclosed within the walls and ceilings of the building.

     The long-range plan of HORC is to complete the restoration of these two instruments and return them to full functionality. These instruments are slowly, but surely returning to the daily operations of the building and can be heard in numerous concerts and shows at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. HORC will continue to promote an increase of tourist interest and awareness of what has recently best been described as “The Sonic Mt. Rushmore."

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