Church of
the Assumption

Roman Catholic
St. Paul, MN

The organ at the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, MN has a diverse history. Milwaukee-based German organ builders Odenbrett and Abler built the church’s first organ in 1883, and its original case and visible façade pipes remain. This organ was replaced in 1935 with an instrument by the Kimball-Welte Organ Company of Chicago and had 11 ranks of pipes. In 2004, the parish renovated the organ, adding a solid state switching system and 10 more ranks of pipes. 

Bedient Pipe Organ Company was contacted in 2013 regarding the condition of the organ. The ceiling of the Swell enclosure was nearly collapsing. Virtually no tonal finishing had been completed when the organ was enlarged in 2004, leaving a disjointed collection of stops. We were contracted to build a new ceiling over the Swell enclosure, replace the Clarabella with a Harmonic Flute, and regulate all ranks as needed for a more cohesive sound.  The results were phenomenal. The organ now speaks with clarity and authority in this marvelous acoustic.

Kimball-Welte Organ Company
1935 (with later additions)

* Original rank and stop


Lieblich Gedeckt 16* (ext. Sw)
Open Diapason 8*
Flute Harmonique 8
Koppelflute 8
Dulciana 8*
Unda Maris 8*
Octave 4*
Flute D’Amour 4*
Super Octave 2
Mixture III
Kaiser Glocken


Horn Diapason 8*
Stopped Flute 8*
Salicional 8*
Voix celeste 8* (tc)
Koppelflute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Piccolo 2*
Tierce 1 3/5
Trumpet 16 (ext.)
Trumpet 8*
Clarinet 8
Clarion 4*


Resultant 32
Open Diapason 16
Bourdon 16*
Lieblich Gedeckt 16*
Octave 8
Flute 8* (ext.)
Choral Bass 4
Contra Trombone 32 (digital)
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8


Great 16
Great 4
Swell/Great 16
Swell/Great 8
Swell/Great 4
Swell 16
Swell 4
Great/Pedal 8
Swell/Pedal 8
Swell/Pedal 4