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Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209

Holmes Chapel

OHS Database ID 10965.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 16, 2013.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Two manuals. 4 divisions. 20 stops. 25 registers. 23 ranks. 1431 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 2004. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • "Replaced a 1901 Aeolian, Op. 915 from the Frank Hamlin residence, Buffalo, NY. Some Aeolian ranks used." (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Some ranks from existing AEolian. (Database Manager. May 19, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- The Rohrschalmei was originally prepared-for; it was added at a later date. (Database Manager. June 16, 2013)

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Console and Positiv Pipe Display. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2003-05-04
Console and Pipe Chamber Screen. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2003-05-04
Chapel Interior, Chancel, Console, and Pipework in Chamber. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2003-05-04
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2003-05-04
Designer's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2003-05-04

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey
    Buffalo, New York
    Westminster Presbyterian Church - Holmes Chapel
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1136   1950
    2 manuals, 25 registers, 20 stops, 23 ranks
              GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
           8' Gemshorn          61              8' Viola Pomposa     61 b
           8' Gedacktpommer     61              8' Viola Celeste     61 b
           8' Viole Sourdine    SW              8' Holzflöte         61 b
           4' Principal         61              8' Viole Sourdine    61 c
      III-IV  Fourniture       294              4' Spitzflöte        61 b
           8' Rohrschalmei      61 a            2' Octavin           61 d
              Tremulant                         8' Trompette         61
              Chimes            25 tubes           Tremulant
              POSITIV ORGAN (floating)             PEDAL ORGAN
           8' Nason Flute       61             16' Bourdon           44 e
           4' Koppelflöte       61             16' Sanftbass         12 SW f
           2' Blockflöte        61              8' Principal         44 b
       1 3/5' Tierce            61              8' Gedeckt (Bdn)     --
       1 1/3' Larigot           61              4' Choralbass (Prin) --
           1' Sifflöte          61
           8' Rohrschalmei      GT
           a  originally prepared-for; Schopp's pipes and chest
           b  from Aeolian Op. 915 (existing organ)
           c  1-3 from EMS Op. 768; rest from Aeolian Op. 915
           d  Aeolian-Skinner pipes from inventory
           e  1-10 from Aeolian Op. 915; 11-44 Aeolian-Skinner
           f  from EMS Op. 768
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-04-18]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.