Carmel Valley, California
Organ Designer & Builder Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. Lake City, Iowa
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
Tom Masters & Rodger Langland
Church Renovation Architect
Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Photographer: Sherman Chu
This spare but handsome worship space, designed in 1963 by parish member Mel Blevens of Holewinski Blevens Fedelem & Lukes Architects, reflects a parish of modest means but artistic vision. Never intended to house a pipe organ, the church had been served by an increasingly unreliable electronic instrument.
Fitted with carpet, inadequate lighting, and pews stained nearly black, the church was not particularly welcoming, either visually or aurally. The design for an organ standing front and center encouraged the parish to beautify its worship space and enliven its acoustic by removing the carpeting and staining the concrete floor, refinishing the pews, and installing new LED lighting.