Atlantic City’s Historic Boardwalk Hall is proud to proclaim several amazing firsts – and official “largests” as designated by The Guinness Book of World Records.
Fact: When completed in 1929, the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall was the world's first and largest full-service convention facility.
“Indeed, our organ does break every record and can claim to be the most powerful musical instrument on the planet,” organist Dr. Steven Ball, said. Designed by Atlantic County State Senator E.L Richards, who was also a noted organ architect, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall organ took three years to build (1929–1932) by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company at a cost of approximately $350,000.
Historic Organs Restoration Project
Compare that to the extensive and complex 10-year $16 million restoration project that recently launched. The Historic Organs Restoration Committee (HORC) has been overseeing extensive renovations since the last decade and although much work has been done, it is expected to take many more years to completely repair the Midmer-Losh as well as the (Ballroom) Kimball, both located in Boardwalk Hall.
Speaking on behalf of the HORC, Dr. Ball said, “We have completed the first phase [30%] of restoration, which has taken six years.” After several decades of decline the biggest organ in the world recently made its public performance debut during the Miss America pageant. How was it? Ball said, “It’s quite something to play!”
Many of the challenges and rewards of repairing, replacing and restoring have been well documented. For an insiders’ look at the extensive and complex process of restoring the biggest organ in the world, check your TV guide listing for “Ultimate Restorations.” The made-for-television series, featuring the largest restoration projects of eight cultural American icons of the Golden Age, is scheduled to begin airing this fall on PBS.
Beginning in May, Boardwalk Hall is expected to resume free noon concerts in the main hall from Monday-Friday, followed by a chance to visit with Dr. Ball and take a 30-minute guided tour at no charge.
Visit the Biggest Organ in the World
Fact: Organists and enthusiasts don’t have to wait until next year nor tune into PBS to see the miraculous transformation of this musical masterpiece. Boardwalk Hall invites you to take an up close and personal look at the Midmer-Losh.
Free Behind the Scenes Tour: Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Specialty 2-hour tour giving an extremely detailed history and guided tour through areas of the building normally closed to the public. Available year-round, except for holidays.