Central Lutheran Church

222 South Twelfth Street

Minneapolis, MN


Builder: Casavant Freres (Opus 2722, 1963)

Manuals: 4

Ranks: 107

Stops: 77

Action: Electro-pneumatic

Design: Lawrence Phelps

Notes: The organ underwent a full restoration by Casavant Frères, ltée, which was completed in February 2008, including replacement of all leathers, pouches, reworking of collapsing pipe toes, boots, mouths; upgraded SSL (128 levels of 40) and recording possibilities. The instrument is now in excellent condition.

--Identified from church records. Photos by Richard Rausch.

Last Update: 8/2012


16 Prinzipal

8 Prinzipal

8 Gedackt

8 Gemshorn

4 Oktav

4 Rohrflöte

2-2/3 Quinte

2 Superoktav

2 Blockflöte

8 Kornett V

1-1/3 Mixtur IV

2/3 Scharf IV

16 Posaune

8 Trompette

4 Klarine

8 Spanische Trompete (Horizontal)


16 Lieblichgedackt

8 Geigenprinzipal

8 Viol

8 Viol Schwebung

8 Rohrflöte

4 Oktav

4 Spitzflöte

2 Oktavine

2 Mixture IV

1 Scharf IV

16 Trompete

8 Trompete

8 Oboe

8 Vox Humana

4 Klarine



16 Quintade

8 Prinzipal

8 Gedackt

4 Oktav

4 Koppelflöte

2-2/3 Nazat

2 Italienisch Prinzipal

1-3/5 Terz

1-1/3 Quinteflöte

1 Sifflöte

1 Mixtur IV

1/2 Zimbel IV

8 Krumhorn

4 Trompete


8 Salicional

8 Salicional Schwebung

8 Gedacktflöte

8 Concert Flute

8 Erzähler

8 Erzähler Schwebung

4 Prinzipal

4 Gemshorn

4 Nachthorn

2 Waldflöte

2-2/3 Sesquialtera II

1 Mixtur III

16 Fagott

8 English Horn

4 Rohrschalmei


8 Spanische Trompete (Gt)


32 Untersatz

16 Prinzipal

16 Subbass

16 Quintaton

16 Gemshorn

8 Oktav

8 Gedackt

8 Gemshorn

4 Oktav

4 Rohrpfeife

4 Mixtur III

1-1/3 Scharf IV

32 Kontra Posaune

16 Posaune

16 Rankett

8 Trompete

4 Klarine

4 Oboe

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Additional information and corrections to this organ profile are gratefully received by:                  

Richard C Greene, Organ list manager

739 Como Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55103


Photo from Richard Rausch

Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis was founded in 1919 by twelve Norwegian-American Lutheran laymen. The present church dates to 1928 and is an excellent example of the then popular neo-Gothic style of architecture. Cruciform in shape with a ceiling height of some 65 feet, the room contains 2500 seats on the nave floor and galleries. The organ was installed in 1963 and is one of several significant instruments of

this time designed by Lawrence Phelps. Classic principles of design are seen in the specification, which features complete choruses on each division from the

foundation stops through the mixtures. The large spacious interior of Central Church demanded that the Great division be based on a sixteen-foot principal. All

of the other manual divisions are based on an eight-foot principal or equivalent. In order to bring the instrument into the room and have it speak on the main axis of the room, the bulk of the instrument and all of the unenclosed divisions were cantilevered from the front wall of the church. Jean-Claude Gauthier, Casavant

visual designer at the time, created the visual design. In addition to the use of the instrument in the worship of the church, it is used for recital programs, choral

performances and recordings.

In 2007, we undertook the first comprehensive restoration of the instrument, which was thoroughly cleaned and releathered. Damaged pipes were repaired.

The façade pipes that could not be repaired were replaced as new with pipes of similar construction. The console was refurbished; the combination system was

upgraded, a new solid-state switching system was provided and the console was made MIDI compatible. Tonal re-regulation on site was done by Casavant voicers to recapture the organ's original tone.

Photo from  Richard Rausch

Photo from Richard Rausch