The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Christ Church, Episcopal
20 N. American St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

OHS Database ID 13000.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 27, 2019.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 7 divisions. 84 stops. 98 registers. 110 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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

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. Crescendo Pedal. 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.


  • Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 29, 2004: (James Cook. January 7, 2005)
  • Rebuild of existing 1934/5 Aeolian-Skinner rel0cation and rebuild of 1903 Aeolian organ. Later enlarged and expanded by Brantley Duddy. (Database Manager. April 4, 2012)
  • Contract: May 17, 1916
    Reused Op. 943 (1903) as Antiphonal (Database Manager. Unknown)
  • Replaced in 2016 by 3/55 Fisk Op. 150. (Jeff Scofield. May 27, 2019)

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Gallery and Organ Case. Photograph by Mike Loukides 2013-12-05
Console. Photograph by Mike Loukides 2013-12-05
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by Mike Loukides 2013-12-05
Right Drawknobs. Photograph by Mike Loukides 2013-12-05
Console, case and pipes. Vintage postcard courtesy of Jeff Scofield

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  • Taken from the AAM Philadelphia conference bulletin
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Old Christ Church (Episcopal)
    Curtis Memorial Organ, Aeolian 1903*; Aeolian-Skinner 1935, 1957; Austin 1967, 1972
    *Originally built by Æolian Organ in 1903 at the home of Cyrus H.K. Curtis of Wyncote, Pennsylvania. 
    Relocated to the church in 1935 by the Æolian-Skinner Company.
    Stop List
    16 Quintaton
    8 Printipal
    8 Rohr Bourdon
    4 Oktav
    2 Fifteenth
    IV Fourniture
    III Sharf
    8 Diapason I
    8 Diapason lI
    4 Bourdon
    4 Flute Couvert
    2 2/3 Nazard
    2 Super
    2 Gedeckt Flute
    II Sesquialtera
    Unison, Sub, Super
    8 Holz Gedeckt
    4 Principal
    4 Koppel Flute
    2 Principal
    1 1/3 Larigot
    III Cymbal
    8 Kromhorn
    8 Gamba Celeste (2 ranks)
    4 Doppel Flute
    IV Mixture
    8 French Horn
    8 English Horn
    16 Tubasson
    8 Tuba
    4 Clarion
    Unison, Sub, Super
    16 Gedeckt
    8 Diapason
    8 Stopped Diapason
    8 Flute Celeste
    8 Viole
    8 Viole Celeste II
    4 Octave
    4 Harmonic Flute
    4 Unda Maris
    2 2/3 Nazard
    2 Doublette
    1 3/5 Tierce
    1 Sifflute
    III-IV Plain Jeu
    III Mixtur
    16 Fagotto
    8 Trumpet
    4 Clarion
    8 Oboe
    8 Vox Humana
    Unison, Sub, Super
    16 Bourdon
    8 Diapason
    8 Stopped Diapason
    4 HohI Flute
    4 Octave
    2 2/3 Nazard
    1 3/5 Tierce
    III Mixture
    2 Flageolette
    8 Dulciana
    8 Dulciana Celeste
    8 Aeoline
    8 ErzŠhler
    8 ErzŠhler Celeste
    8 Viol
    8 Dolce
    8 Flute Celeste (prepared)
    8 Vox Humana
    4 Rohr Shalmai (prepared)
    8 Trumpet en Cbamade (under expression)
    Unison, Sub, Super
    32 Double Diapason
    16 Diapason
    16 Principal
    16 Wood Bourdon
    16 Metal Bourdon
    16 Violone
    16 Soft Bourdon (Ant.)
    16 Gedeckt (Swell)
    10 2/3 Bourdon Quint
    8 Principal
    8 Metal Bourdon
    8 Soft Bourdon (Ant.)
    4 Principal
    4 Bourdon
    2 Bourdon
    2 Principal
    II Mixture
    II Mixture
    IV Harmonics
    16 Tubasson
    8 Tuba
    4 Clarion
    32 Bombarde
    16 Bombarde
    Console designed by John Binsfeld, built by Austin Organs in 1967, containing 7 divisions, 4 manuals, 
    126 drawknobs, 33 couplers, and 110 controls.
     [Received from Thomas M Langley 2012-04-04.]
  • Click Here Taken from the AAM Philadelphia conference bulletin Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.