State (Industrial Training) School for Boys

3211 West Edgington Street
Eldora, IA 50627

Builder: Unknown, 1885.
Action: Electro-pneumatic

Notes: This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ identified by William Dunklin, citing information from a vintage post card. The post card, mailed in 1910, shows the substantial pipe organ with attached console standing at the left side of the chapel's stage.

The facility was chartered as a "reform school" shortly after the Civil War (1868 and opened in 1872). Later moved to the current Eldora campus in the 1880s. A report on the school written in the early 20th-century indicates that the chapel was in existence before 1898. Organ builder unknown, but probably a tracker (mechanical) instrument.

Current photos of the campus imply that no Victorian era buildings remain, though the school is still operating as of 2017 as a training facility.

Organ Historical Society a17s of 20.