Garden Theater

Minneapolis, MN

Builder: Ernest M. Skinner Co, Opus 199, 1912
Manuals: 3
Ranks: 36
Action: Electro-pneumatic

Notes: This entry has caused a great deal of research because of what we believe was a misspelling of Garden as "Gordon". There is no record of a Gordon Theater, even though Skinner records indicate the name. There was great fanfare around a new Garden Theater on Hennepin, and the newspaper articles indicate a fine pipe organ with an echo division. We believe this to be the organ.

From the Minneapolis newspaper, May 11, 1913:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

The only extensions or borrows were in the pedal organ. All other stops were 61 note ranks or multiple-rank stops. The present location is unknown. The location of the theater is also unknown. -- Information from E. M. Skinner archive.

16' Bourdon
8' First Diapason
8' Second Diapason
8' Philomela
8' Wald Flute
8' Erzähler
8' Gedackt
4' Flute
8' Cornopean

16' Bourdon
8' Diapason
8' Gedackt
8' Claribel Flute
8' Salicional
8' Voix Celeste
8' Dulciana
8' Unda Maris tc
4' Octave
4' Flauto Traverso
2' Piccolo
16' Contra Posaune
8' Cornopean
8' Flugel Horn
8' Vox Humana

THE LOCATION (building built 1908):

MILO THEATER (622 Hennepin Ave. AND 16 N. 7th St. – two entrances to corner lobby) operated for 5 years.
GARDEN THEATER (took over about 1912 and they remodeled for a year including the Skinner organ).
Later, it became WORLD THEATER (until building was RAZED in about 2000 to make way for new parking, cafes, and Block E renovation for Hennepin Theater Trust). The orig. Shubert Theater (next door to Milo/Garden/World on N. 7th St. was actually MOVED down around the corner several blocks and now sits next to Cowles Center (Cowles was originally the Masonic Lodge). The former Shubert/Alvin/Academy) is now a dance performance space (called Goodale Theater) on Hennepin next to (and part of) Cowles Center.

16' Contra Gamba
8' Geigen Principal
8' Concert Flute
8' Dulcet II
4' Flute
8' Orchestral Oboe
8' Clarinet
8' French Horn

8' Diapason
8' Claribel Flute
8' Quintadena
4' Flute
8' Vox Humana
    Cathedral Chimes

16' Diapason
16' First Bourdon (Gt)
16' Second Bourdon (Sw)
16' Gamba (Ch)
8' Gedeckt (ext)
8' Still Gedeckt (Sw)
16' Contra Posaune (Sw)