Pinnacle Scaffold donated its time and equipment to help Saint Anthony of Padua Cahtolic Church in Wilmington, DE move their antique organ back to the historic Queen Theater.
The organ was donated to St. Anthony’s church back in the late 1920’s when the Queen Theater underwent new upgrades to accommodate motion pictures with sound. For over 90 years the old Kimbal organ reigned supreme at the church. This year, St. Anthony’s is getting a new, custom built, Peragallo Pipe organ to replace the organ donated from the Queen Theater many years ago so the old organ had to go. In a unique twist of fate, this year the Queen Theater underwent a massive rebirth as the anchor of an ambitious public-private partnership to breathe new life into a nine-block stretch of Market Street. And as part of the restoration the developers thought it would be great to get the old organ back into the Queen Theater to put on display. They had already saved many items during the restoration like rows of seats, ornamental drinking fountains and the original movie projector, but this would be the crown jewel to have the actual organ that once graced the theater halls.
But this would be no easy task and would require skilled technicians who could get the giant organ down off of the upper balcony and out of the church unscathed. This organ was not only heavy but extremely delicate as well. The slightest misstep could lead to disaster for the wonderful instrument.
In stepped Pinnacle Scaffolding Corp and its crew to get the job done. A scaffold had to be erected to get the workers up to the second story balcony where the organ lived. Then crews had to lift the organ over to a rolling tower where they secured the organ with rope and used a hoist to lower it down to the lower level where a manual forklift was waiting to whisk it out to a waiting delivery truck. After the short drive, PSC crews unloaded the organ and carefully delivered it to the Queen Theater where it is now mated with it’s original pipes and is on display for all to see.
Here is a quick note from Paul Desrosiers about the move:
I wanted to thank you again for bringing your men and scaffolding over to St. Anthony’s removing the organ and delivering it to the Queen this morning.
This would not have been possible with out your help.
Project ManagerBPGS Construction, LLCThe Buccini/Pollin Group
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