The recently remodeled Soldiers Home Chapel contains the first electric pipe organ in Montgomery County.
From the Guide to the former Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers: “The Protestant chapel was dedicated in October 1870. This is the oldest building on the Medical Center grounds and was said to be the first church built with U.S. Government funds.
The original name, “The National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers’ is engraved in stone on the outside wall. The building has undergone few changes: a steeple was added to the clock tower and the elaborate design on the roof is gone, (note: Veterans Affairs re-roofed the Chapel last year and although it is not the original slate, the cross design was included in the new roof). Installation of an electric organ, the first in Montgomery County, was a major event in 1896.”
The American Veterans Heritage Center contracted with a local expert, to have the organ cleaned and stored during the VA’s remodel of the Chapel. Once the Chapel was remodeled, AVHC had the pipes re-installed, but at this time, it is just a shell – how glorious it will be when we return the organ to its original purpose!
Would you like to be a part of history? Donations are needed to restore this Pipe Organ to its original state. A listing of donors will be documented in a special ceremony once the work has been completed. Amount needed to complete restoration: $170,000
Send your tax-deductible donations to:
American Veterans Heritage Center
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324-1366