City officials and members of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ gathered at Merrill Auditorium Thursday to examine parts of the organ in need of repair, including its leaky wind chest and many of the 6,800 pipes.

The City Council approved a $1.5 million bond Wednesday to help pay the $2.5 million cost of the renovations. The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ will provide the rest.

The organ was donated to the city in 1912 by the publishing magnate Cyrus H.K. Curtis and dedicated to his friend Hermann Kotzschmar, a German immigrant who settled in Portland.