Celebrating Henry Erben’s 219th birthday in the organ loft
On March 10th, 2019, we hosted an open organ loft event to celebrate preeminent New York organ builder Henry Erben’s 219th birthday. This was probably the first time his birthday has been celebrated since 1884! This event was held in the spirit of the 19th century’s curiosity of both art and science. Visitors were invited up to the loft to learn about Henry Erben and his masterwork, the 1868 pipe organ at the Basilica. Refreshments and decorations contributed to the festive scene. We experienced considerable foot traffic as the event was open to all. Multiple people walked in off the street where we stationed a sidewalk sign, and were very impressed with hearing the Erben as well as seeing the inner workings of this 19th-century pneumatic computer.
A special thanks to Ellen Shuan for contributing her time and talent with these photos. Follow Ellen on Instagram
All photos by Ellen Shuan. Instagram: @ellensaart