Program code: Tour 4
Program Title: The Sanfilippo Estate
Thursday, September 6 – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: All tours depart from Hyatt Regency Entrance
Not available to the general public! Before there were jukeboxes and radios there were nickelodeons and orchestrions…..ingenious mechanical music machines that played a variety of the musical hits of the day to entertain the public. The Sanfilippo Collection has on display the largest variety of these restored instruments in the world. Each one of these devices is, in one sense, a form of time machine. When you listen to a musical selection played on one of these automatic marvels you are hearing EXACTLY what the people heard and experienced when it was new, whether it was 1910, 1920, or 1930. There are also on display several hundred phonographs of all styles and models.
There are all manner of lighting fixtures from the 1880s through the early 1930s in the form of chandeliers, wall sconces, and dozens of Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, and similar leaded glass lamps. An overhead line-shaft fan system from the 1920s operates in the main house American music room.
The home theatre can seat 400 and houses the largest theatre pipe organ ever built. At 80 ranks it is nearly a third larger than the organ at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There are six vintage street clocks around the estate and a newly restored tower clock in the carousel building with its own 33‘ ornate tower.
Whatever your tastes or level of curiosity there is no doubt that within the 80 thousand square feet of collection there are undoubtedly many things to fascinate, intrigue, and inform.