The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Central Music Hall
State & Randolph Streets
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 10463.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 28, 2007.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 48 stops. 49 registers. 54 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

Notes

  • The Marshall Field Department Store purchased Central Music Hall in 1900 and demolished the building for store expansion. The organ was moved to St. Martin's R. C. Church in Chicago and rebuilt by the Coburn & Taylor, 1900; it was rebuilt again in the 1902's by the Weiner Bros. and D. S. Wentz eventually provided the instrument with a used Casavant console (Op. 454, 1911, built for Temple Sinai, Chicago.) In 1982, the much-rebuilt organ was sold to Holy Trinity Church in Overland Park, Michigan, which is planning to install it soon. [c. 1982] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • According to information received from Joel Gary, the organ was installed in Holy Trinity Church, Grand Rapids in the 1980s by David Skinner. It was later broken up and dispersed for parts. (James Cook. December 28, 2007)

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Bibliography

  • Elsworth, John Van Varick. The Johnson Organs. (Harrisville, New Hampshire: Boston Organ Club Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, 1984), 130 [0]
  • Friesen, Michael D.. "The Central Music Hall Johnson and the Temple Sinai Casavant; Preludes to St. Martin's R.C. Church, Chicago," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 3, No. 4 [August 1982], pp. 12-20). [history, descriptions, stoplists, photographs]
  • Lowe, David Garrard. Lost Chicago. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975), [0]
  • Webber, F. R.. "Organs of Early Chicago Churches When Frontier Town," The Diapason (Vol. 45, No. 1 [January 1954], p. 23). [description, stoplist, history]
  • Webber, F. R.. "Chicago--A Johnson Town," 2006 Organ Atlas: Capital District Region, New York State (Vol. 10, No. 2 [Spring 1966]). [history, description, stoplist]
  • Wyly, James. "Chicago Organs: A New Survey," The Tracker (Vol. 10, No. 4 [Fall 1966], pp. 3-4). [report on (then) current condition]

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Photographs

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Central Music Hall exterior. 1899 Central Music Hall flyer image
Music Hall interior. 1891 illustration from The Presto, July 11, 1891 as reprinted in The Tracker, Vol. 28, No. 2, 1984, pg. 27
Central Music Hall exterior. Public Domain photo from the Chicagology website, used with permission from Terry Gregory
Music Hall interior with organ facades flanking the stage. Public Domain photo from the Chicagology website, used with permission from Terry Gregory

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1982)
          Chicago, Illinois
          Central Music Hall
    
          Johnson & Son, Opus 543, 1880
          OHS ID: 10463
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          GREAT           pipes mat'l     SWELL           pipes mat'l       ACCESSORY STOPS
       16 Open Diapason......61 metal  16 Bourdon Treble.....49 wood        Swell sub-octave coupler
       16 Quintaten..........61 wood   16 Bourdon Bass.......12 wood        Swell to Great coupler
        8 Open Diapason......61 metal   8 Open Diapason......61 metal       Swell to Solo coupler
        8 Viola da Gamba.....61 metal   8 Salicional.........61 metal       Solo to Great coupler
        8 Viola d'Amour......61 metal   8 Dolcissimo.........61 metal       Solo to Pedale coupler
        8 Doppel Floete......61 wood    8 Voix Celeste.......61 metal       Great to Pedale coupler
        4 Octave.............61 metal   8 Quintadena.........61 metal       Swell to Pedale coupler
        4 Flute Harmonique...61 metal   8 Stopped Diapason...61 wood        Tremolo (to Swell)
    2-2/3 Twelfth............61 metal   4 Octave.............61 metal
        2 Fifteenth..........61 metal   4 Traverse Flute.....61 wood        PEDAL MOVEMENTS
          Mixture III.......183 metal   4 Violin.............61 metal    1. Full Organ 
          Scharf IV.........244 metal   2 Flautino...........61 metal    2. Forte Great
        8 Trumpet............61 metal     Cymbel V..........305 metal    3. Mezzo Great, double acting
        4 Clarion............61 metal  16 Contra Fagotto.....61 metal    4. Piano Great, double acting
                                        8 Cornopean..........61 metal    5. Forte Swell
          Total Great......1159 pipes   8 Oboe...............61 metal    6. Mezzo Swell, double acting
                                        8 Vox Humana.........61 metal    7. Piano Swell, double acting
          SOLO (or CHOIR) pipes mat'l                                    8. Piano Solo, double acting
       16 Lieblich Gedeckt...61 wood      Total Swell......1220 pipes    9. Forte Solo
        8 Geigen Principal...61 metal                                   10. Forte Pedale
        8 Dulciana...........61 metal     PEDALE          pipes mat'l   11. Piano Pedale, double acting
        8 Melodia............61 wood   32 Contra Bourdon.....30 wood    12. Tremulo Reversible
        4 Fugara.............61 metal  16 Open Diapason......30 wood    13. Great to Pedale Reversible 
        4 Flute d'Amour......61 w & m  16 Violone [4]........30 wood    14. Balanced Swell Pedal
        2 Piccolo............61 metal  16 Bourdon............30 wood        Wind indicator (Patent)
        8 Corno di Bassetto..61 metal   8 Violoncello........30 metal
        8 Tuba Mirabilis.....61 metal   8 Flute..............30 wood        
        8 Flute a Pavillon...61 metal  16 Trombone...........30 wood
                                        8 Posaune............30 metal
          Total Solo........610 pipes
                                          Total Pedal.......240 pipes     
          NOTES
       1. "The pnuematic motor to be appled to the Great manual and all its couplers; to the Solo 
          manual, and to the lowest twelve keys of the Swell manual; also to the Pedal combination
          movement."
       2. "The organ desk to stand midway between the two parts of the organ, the organist sitting
          sidewise to the audience."
       3. "The displayed pipes on each side are to be tastefully decorated in gold and colors."
       4. According to F.R. Webber, 1954, the Pedal Violone 16 was never installed.
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    [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2012-10-25]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1982) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.