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First Baptist Church
802 Greene St.
Augusta, Georgia

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 11328.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 4, 2013.


Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 7 divisions. 41 stops. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.

Notes

  • Identified through information on the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 16, 2004 (James Cook. December 16, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from John McCraney. -- The church built a new colonial/Georgian church in west Augusta; the original building is still downtown, but the organ has been removed. Whereabouts of pipes unknown. Console rebuilt as two manual by Schantz and used with antiphonal division in balcony. Otherwise, the new build has a new 4-manual Schantz c. 1990. (Database Manager. January 11, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Built as factory showroom/shop organ in 1921; moved by Austin to First Baptist Church ca. 1937. Replaced in new building in 1990 by 4/86 Schantz Op. 1978, reworking the Austin console for use as the Antiphonal console. (Database Manager. July 4, 2013)

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Photographs

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Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1910s)
Console after 1972 Austin Organ Company rebuild. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Swell Division Chamber. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Great-Choir-Pedal Division Chamber. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Great-Choir-Pedal Division Chamber. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Great-Choir-Pedal Division Chamber. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Great-Choir-Pedal Division Chamber. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)
Swell Division. Archival source not identified by contributor: Brad Cunningham (1972)

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist taken from the console early 1970s
    Augusta, Georgia
    First Baptist Church 
    1902-1975 sanctuary
    802 Greene Street
    
    Austin Organs Inc., Op. 1058
    Date instrument was built is unknown
    
    The story I recall as a young boy about the First Baptist Austin Organ 
    Op. 1058 is that a deacon from First Baptist Church travelled to Hartford, 
    Connecticut and purchased the organ from the Austin factory floor. Sure 
    enough, if you research the Austin opus list, one finds that the organ 
    was built for Austin Organs Inc., three manuals, 33 ranks. 
    
    While it is unknown what year the organ was built, we know it had arrived 
    in Augusta by 1937. It was dedicated for service in the First Baptist 
    Church downtown Greene Street sanctuary on Sunday, March 21, 1937. I have 
    in my possession a copy of the program. It was told to me as a teen that 
    Virgil Fox was the organist for the dedication. However, no name is given 
    in the program.
    
    The 1902 sanctuary was closed in 1975 and the organ remained sitting in 
    the sanctuary for a year or two until the sanctuary was sold. The organist 
    of First Baptist Church at that time petitioned to take possession of the 
    organ. The deacons sold the organ to the organist for one dollar and gave 
    one week for its removal. Most of the organ was removed. Pipes were stored 
    at the organist's house and sold a few years later to someone in Florida, 
    if my memory is correct. The console was returned to First Baptist Church 
    for use as an antiphonal organ console in the new West Augusta sanctuary 
    on Walton Way, reconfigured for use by Schantz Organ Company of Orville, 
    Ohio.
    
    Here is the Opus 1058 stop list: 
    
    Great
    8 Open Diapason
    8 Gross Flute
    8 Concert Flute
    8 Violin Cello
    8 Dulciana
    4 Harmonic Flute
    8 Harmonic Trumpet
    Chimes
    
    Swell
    16 Bourdon
     8 Viola
     8 Stopped Flute
     8 Viole Orchestra
     8 Viole Celeste
     8 Salicional
     4 Flute
     2 Harmonic Piccolo
     8 English Horn
     8 Vox Humaine
       Tremolo
    
    Choir
    8 Gross Flute (Gt)
    8 Concert Flute (Gt)
    8 Violin Cello (Gt)
    8 Dulciana (Gt)
    8 Unda Maris
    4 Harmonic Flute (Gt)
    8 Harmonic Trumpet (Gt)
    8 Clarinet
      Chimes
      Harp
      Tremolo
    
    Pedal
    16 Open Diapason
    16 First Bourdon
    16 Second Bourdon
    16 Violone
     8 Flute (Gt)
     8 Violin Cello
    
    Echo (Great)
    8 Open Diapason
    8 Flauto Dolce
    8 Dolce
    4 Flauto Traverso
    
    Echo (Choir)
    8 Flauto Dolce
    8 Dolce
    8 Vox Angelica
    8 Oboe Gamba
    4 Flue D'Amour
      Tremolo
    
    Echo (Pedal)
    16 Echo Flute
    
    Couplers in their respective divisions:
    
    16 Great to Great
       Great Unison Off 
     4 Great to Great
    16 Swell to Great
     8 Swell to Great
     4 Swell to Great
    16 Choir to Great
     8 Choir to Great
     4 Choir to Great
    
    16 Swell to Swell
       Swell Unison Off 
     4 Swell to Swell
    
    16 Choir to Choir
       Choir Unison Off
     4 Choir to Choir
    16 Swell to Choir
     8 Swell to Choir
     4 Swell to Choir
    
    8 Pedal to Pedal 
    8 Great to Pedal
    4 Great to Pedal
    8 Swell to Pedal
    4 Swell to Pedal
    8 Choir to Pedal
    
     [Received from Brad Cunningham 2013-06-25.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from the console early 1970s Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.