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Boardwalk Hall houses the most powerful musical instrument on the planet—a pipe organ that contains both the largest, and loudest organ pipes ever made. More powerful than a dozen orchestras, it can both whisper and thunder into the 5.5 million cubic feet of air space in the main hall.

After a silence of many decades, the organ has only recently began playing again thanks to the completion of the first part of an ambitious restoration project. Since much of the organ is made from wood (it took 225,000 board feet of lumber to construct), repairing water and humidity damage will be an important aspect of the work yet to be done as part of the 10 year, $16 million dollar project being led by the non-profit Historic Organ Restoration Committee (HORC).

Built between 1929 and 1932 by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company of Merrick, Long Island, N.Y., it was designed by Atlantic County State Senator—and noted organ architect—Emerson L. Richards. He specified almost every detail of the instrument, from its physical construction to the actual sound the various stops should make.

Weighing in at a staggering 150 tons, the instrument is original to the building and completely concealed behind the exquisite gilded grillwork around the main auditorium, the iconography of which depicts stylized sea creatures and plants. It is the first version of what we now think of as “surround-sound”.

The main console, located on the right (house) side of the proscenium arch is the largest ever constructed, the only to ever have seven manual keyboards in addition to the pedal keyboard and 1,235 stop tablets to control the 33,112 pipes.

The Midmer-Losh organ has 449 ranks of pipes in addition to 23 actual orchestral percussion instruments, sounded by pneumatically controlled, weighted mallets. Wind to power the organ is powered by eight blowers, totaling 633 H.P. which generate 36,400 CFM at pressures in excess of 100”—more than double that used in any other organ! The sound colors available in this instrument can be heard nowhere else. These include 10 stops voiced on 50”of wind, and four on 100”. Of these later, the Grand Ophicleide is the most powerful. As The Guinness Book of World Records describes it, it has a volume "six times louder than the loudest locomotive whistle"! Other notable features include ten 32-foot stops and a full-length 64-foot—one of only two ever constructed, and also the largest in the world.

The Adrian Phillips Ballroom is also equipped with a magnificent pipe organ, installed behind the grillwork on either side of the proscenium arch. The console is located in the musician’s balcony (house right). Originally designed to provide the soundtrack for silent movies, the instrument can provide a wide variety of musical styles and genres and can conjure up every imaginable effect from the singing of birds to an entire symphony orchestra. There are 55 ranks of pipes in this instrument controlled from a four-manual console.

Specialty tours giving an extremely detailed history and guided look behind the scenes of some of the normally closed sections of Boardwalk Hall’s pipe organs are available on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. An optional donation ($20 is suggested) is requested by the docents for these tours to benefit the ongoing work of the Historic Organ Restoration Committee (H.O.R.C.). Tour length is 2 hours. Reservations are suggested but not required. For more information, please contact Steven Ball at sball@accenter.com or 609-348-7499.

Beginning in May of 2014, free concerts will be presented on the Midmer-Losh pipe organ in the main hall Monday-Friday at 12:00 noon, followed by a chance to meet the organist of the hall Dr. Steven Ball and take a free guided ˝ hour organ tour. No reservation is necessary for either the concerts or tours.

Pay attention to our upcoming events page for more information regarding programs and fundraising events to support the organs of Historic Boardwalk Hall.

Stephen D. Smith
The Honorary Curator in Perpetuity of the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organs

Carl Loeser
The Lillian Levy Curator of the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organs

For a listing of events at Boardwalk Hall, please click here.



Please click on a picture below to see a virtual tour of historic Boardwalk Hall.  You will need the Quicktime plug-in installed on your computer to be able to control the virtual tour.

To take our virtual tour please use Shift/Control for zoom and click/move mouse to navigate.


 

Main Hall

The arena offers flexible configurations for up to 14,500 people on three levels of seating under a 137 foot barrel vault ceiling.  Flanking the stage are two organ chambers. Two additional chambers are located on each side of the arena and two are located in the ceiling. The 7-manual console is housed in the kiosk to the right of the proscenium arch. For more technical information about the arena please refer to our Promoter's Guide which can be found on our website.

     

Ballroom

The Adrian Phillips Ballroom, located off the main concourse and capable of seating up to 3,200 people, is a perfect multi-function venue for smaller concerts, boxing or mixed martial arts competitions, basketball or social galas. The ballroom has a ceiling height of 57’ and chandelier height of approximately 30’.  The Ballroom also houses a 55 rank Kimball pipe organ. The console is in the organ balcony and the two pipe chambers flank the stage.  For more technical information about the Ballroom please refer to our Promoter's Guide which can be found on our website.

Organ Console

This is the seven manual (or keyboard) console for the Midmer-Losh organ located in the arena. There is also a five manual portable console located in the Hall. Both organs are undergoing major repair and restoration to bring the instruments to performance level.

Pipe Organ Chamber

This is a portion of the right stage chamber, one of eight chambers in the Hall, which house a total of 33,112 pipes for the famous Midmer-Losh organ.

   
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