Refurbished Wurlitzer to be Unveiled

July 24, 2015
This newly refurbished Wurlitzer will be unveiled Sunday in Walsenburg.This newly refurbished Wurlitzer will be unveiled Sunday in Walsenburg. Mike Peters, Executive Director of the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation
This newly refurbished Wurlitzer will be unveiled Sunday in Walsenburg.

A near century-old refurbished Wurlitzer organ gets an unveiling this weekend.   

The historic instrument moved around Walsenburg through the years, but returned to its original home at the Fox Theatre in the 90’s. The Pikes Peak Area Theatre Organ Society refurbished the rare instrument in a project that took six years to complete.

Don Wick with the society says the theater organ in Walsenburg is rare because it has a piano component, and only a few of this type are left.

"Many of them got scrapped and thrown out and this is one that survived," says Wick, "and it certainly was worthy of our restoration."

Work included acquiring vintage Wurlitzer sound effects and pipes, since the original pieces had been removed.

The Fox Theatre will show off the newly refurbished instrument at a free concert this Sunday at 3p.m.