Zion Lutheran Church
Year of Commission 2001
In March of 2000 Mrs. Helen Hollenbeck, Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, contacted the Martin Ott Company in order to commission a new pipe organ.
“In July of 2000 I visited the Zion for the first time. I was impressed with the fine architecture of Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994). His design of the church is outstanding. This church has the first A frame church construction in the USA, circa 1950. At the time the new church was built, limited funds for a pipe organ were available. Zion decided to install a used organ. Mr. Belluschi installed this instrument on the choir balcony behind a radiating wall; the radius of this wall is 30 feet,” says Martin Ott.
The radiating wall was removed and the new organ case of Opus 104 was positioned following the same radius intended in the Belluschi architecture. In the new organ case the façade pipes of the Prinzipal 8’ of the Hauptwerk and some façade pipes of the Pedal Oktavbass 8’ are now exposed.
The layout of the divisions is symmetric: the great division is to the left and right side behind the façade pipes. The swell division is centered above the keydesk of the organ. The keydesk is attached. The pedal division, which has the tallest pipes, is to the back of the organ chamber and centered behind the swell division. The tonal design was conceived to support the strong Lutheran musical style.
Martin Ott is grateful to the congregation for their enthusiasm and assistance on the project. Members spent a hot Sunday afternoon unloading the organ and the organ committee facilitated the organ building process.
The following craftsmen participated in the project: Alexander I. Bronitsky, Richard Murphy, James Cullen, Martin Ott, William Dunaway, Sascha Ott, Eileen M. Gay, Jeffrey Spitler, Bryan Hanlen, Inna Sholka, Alex D. Leshchenko.
30 stops | 40 ranks | 4 extensions
Electric pull-downs slider chests | Electro-pneumatic chests | Electric stop action