St. Peter the Apostle Church, in Old New Castle, has a tracker pipe organ that was installed in 1883 by the Hook and Hastings organ factory (in the 1800’s the premier organ maker in the United States). The company made organs from 1827 to 1935 ranging in size from eight feet (the size of St. Peter’s organ) to 80 feet. Hook and Hastings organs can be found in some of the most famous cathedrals in the country, including The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Christ Church in Old City Philadelphia, the Scottish Rite Hall and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Our historic organ was designed specifically for the size and acoustics of our church. Each component was made by hand, including the pipes and cabinetry. Its unique characteristics are atypical of most pipe organs of the time. The component pieces were transported by train and assembled once arriving to our church. Although still in functional condition considering its age, it needs to be completely restored as many parts are deteriorating and/or damaged. Full restoration involves complete disassembly of the organ and transportation to North Carolina for restoration. Upon completion, it will be transported back and re-installed.
Emergency repairs were performed in February of 2013, totaling $11,000, which was deducted from the original cost of the restoration. The total needed for complete restoration is approximately $100,000, of which we raised over $57,000. We need your help! Please donate to the Organ Restoration Fund. You may use the "button" to the right and donate now through our secure site, or you may mail a check directly to our parish. Please mark "Organ Restoration" in the memo line of your check. Thank you in advance for your generous donation.