Iowa City church fundraises for UI organ’s upkeep

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City church that suddenly acquired a huge pipe organ from the University of Iowa has begun fundraising for its future upkeep.

Leaders of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church got word this summer that they could have an organ that had been in the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex, which was so damaged by the 2008 flooding that it had to be demolished.

Weeks after getting the news, dozens of local volunteers helped dismantle the massive instrument.

The organ, including its roughly 3,800 pipes, are now stored in Lake City until the items can be moved and rebuilt at the church’s new location sometime in 2015.

The church is raising about $400,000 to pay for the process. Matthew Penning of the church says they’re just starting fundraising because the deal happened so quickly.

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