Bunn=Minnick has completed work on pipe organs dating from the late 1700’s, and on virtually every major American make. Bunn=Minnick’s philosophy is that much of the past is worthy of preservation and blending with the present to provide continuity with the heritage of the past. In addition to rebuilding and restoration, we also build new Bunn=Minnick Pipe Organs.
The present building is the third location of Bunn=Minnick. The company was begun forty years ago in the humble setting of the basement of Robert Bunn’s home. In 1975 Bunn=Minnick bought their first building at the corner of First and Harrison Avenues. Growth was solid, and two years later, a second building was added which doubled the space. Bunn=Minnick operated successfully in this setting for a number of years.
Bunn=Minnick continued with steady growth, and had begun expanding from a local company into a national company by completing work in a number of additional states.
In 1987, Bunn=Minnick completed an organ for the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Miami, Florida, for the First stop on the historic United States tour of Pope John Paul II. Because of the quality of the work, and because of the notoriety of this project, Bunn=Minnick was featured in many national and international publications and on television.
In completing other pipe organs, but especially this large project, which included three consoles, Bunn=Minnick felt a need to expand its production facilities.
Bunn=Minnick began studying options, at First expecting to build a third building at the First and Harrison location. The staff was encouraged to look at every detail, every operation, in fact even their every step required to complete their work. By merging the ideas and dreams of the entire Bunn=Minnick staff, it became evident that it was time for Bunn=Minnick to think of moving. Focusing on what it would take to improve quality, increase in-house production, and increase efficiency, it became apparent that a space about six times larger would be needed.
Through prayer and a great amount of hard work, the building at 875 Michigan Avenue became a reality.
Not only does it meet the requirements set forth, but the building’s grace and beauty exceed all expectations. It has provided an efficient, quality work space which inspires the creativity of each Bunn=Minnick artisan. Its large, modern energy-efficient windows provide wonderful natural light. State of the art, energy-efficient mechanical systems provide heat and air conditioning at very low cost. Further, it sits on over an acre of property in a small industrial park located near the freeway system in the center of Columbus. This will allow for extensive possibilities of growth without the need to move again in the future.
The present building was purchased March 14, 1991. Extensive remodeling was required, and Bunn=Minnick officially moved in on November 6, 1992.
The building was built in 1927-28 for the International Derrick and Equipment Company (IDECO). IDECO was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1920 to produce steel oil well derricks. Additional items were added which included steel buildings, aircraft hangers, electric power sub stations, radio and TV broadcast towers, microwave and radar towers, and mechanical parking garages. In 1944 it became known as Dresser-IDECO. This international company headquarters remained at 875 Michigan Avenue until the late 1960’s. (By coincidence Bunn=Minnick Company was founded about the same time.) The building was closed and remained unoccupied until purchased by Bunn=Minnick.
During this lengthy unoccupied period, vandals and the elements caused much superficial damage to the building. Structurally, it was not harmed. Its solid, sturdy, fireproof construction of masonry and steel was there waiting for Bunn=Minnick Pipe Organs. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Bunn=Minnick truck at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida
The restoration of this historic organ was completed in 1992.
Bunn=Minnick facility in Columbus, Ohio
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6,12,36. Corporate Officers
10. CAD Drafting
39. Erecting Room
9. Pipe Ogan Tuning
2. Efficient Communications
6. Philip D. Minnick,
President and Tonal Director
17. Conference Room
19. Console Assembly
18. Bunn=Minnick Relay
19. Completed Console
18. Testing Solid State Relay
This floor not only boasts the same large windows as the other floors, but also features seven skylights, allowing a workplace bursting with gorgeous natural light. All of these skylights, except the one over the stairway, were built by Bunn=Minnick in its own facilities, saving many thousands of dollars.
20b. Magnet Installation
21. Applying Gold Leaf
22. Pipe Making
29. Drilling Chest Parts
29. Glue Press
32. Lumber Storage
34. Spray Booth
35. Hand Rubbed Finishing
33. Custom Music Rack
33. Console Building
29. Chest Assembly