The organ was manufactured by M. Welte & Sons, Inc., a New York-based company founded in 1832. Built with state-of-the-art technology, the organ can be played either manually or automatically using music rolls. Its sounds are meant to mimic those of orchestral instruments, and the organ rolls capture the highly personal styles of individual organists renowned in their day.
The housing was custom-built for Vizcaya’s Living Room and includes a religious painting that was cut in half to create the doors that conceal the organ pipes.
Listen to Vizcaya’s 1917 Welte Philharmonic Pipe Organ played weekdays from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.