The west wall of the sanctuary exhibits a Farrand-Votey pipe organ. It is one of three still working in the United States. The instrument is an impressive forty rank organ with 61 stops and 2,262 pipes in carved wood case.. (For a detailed history of the organ, click here).
In 1992, the pipe organ was restored to capture the original tone, voice and balance. The facade of the pipes was restored by 60 volunteers who hand stenciled the final design. At the top of the organ sits Angel Gabriel now refurbished, regilded and reinstalled.
Pilgrim also hosts the largest example of the "Akron Plan." Movable walls and windows allow for flexible use and the expansion of space. The south sanctuary wall is actually a large operable panel on a pulley system and originally could be raised allowing for additional seating. With all the walls raised and windows open, the church could seat 1,250. To accommodate such a large crowd, the seating is curved on ramped floor over 2 levels enhancing sight lines and acoustics.
While sitting in the sanctuary, notice that the elevated chancel area for worship contains original furniture. Observe the architectural echoes in pulpit and communion table design, as well as an emphasis on natural elements and forms that continue throughout the interior design.
In 1995, the chancel was restored with hand painted paper in its dome, new lower wall coverings, and the original furnishings were reinstalled.
Wainscoting, railings and pews are all made from golden oak. The refurbished main floor and balcony pew cushions are original are made of mohair stuffed with kapok. The arrangement of the pews has changed several times over the years, and during the past renovation with the installation of new carpeting they were repaired, reassembled and placed more accurately.
All interior surfaces are painted plaster, and were originally decorated with hand-stenciled patterns. Throughout 2000 and 2001, the walls were repaired and painted with historically compatible color scheme, stenciling and materials. Volunteers gathered to hand paint and stencil 478 feet of paper that now covers the main arches. (Photo below shows volunteers hand painting wallpaper). The bosses were regilded and a new floor was installed in the choir loft.