The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 1536.

Status and Condition

The organ has been destroyed and is no longer extant.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 24, 2015.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 49 stops. 48 registers. 56 ranks. 2926 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Burned in 1910 with the 2nd building of this congregation. The congregation then merged with Union Park Congregational and became New First Congregational Church in the Union Park building. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. July 24, 2015)

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  • Original document from Jim Lewis.. Source: Stop list included in an article from Chicago Daily Tribune February 15, 1874

  • Chicago, IL
    First Congregational
    Organ by Steere & Turner [John S. Steere]
    Compass: 58/27
    I Great:
    16  Open Diapason
    16  Quintaton
    8   Open Diapason
    8   Gamba
    8   Rohrflöte
    8   Doppelflöte
    4   Octave
    4   Flute Harmonique
    2 2/3  Twelfth
    2   Fifteenth
        Mixture  IV
        Cymbal   IV
    8   Trumpet
    4   Clarion
    II Swell:
    16  Bourdon Bass   ]
    16  Bourdon Treble ]
    8   Open Diapason
    8   Salicional
    8   Dolce
    8   Stopped Diapason
    8   Quintadena
    4   Octave
    4   Violina
    4   Flauto Traverso
    2   Flautino
        Mixture   III
    16  Contra Fagotto
    8   Cornopean
    8   Oboe
    8   Vox Humana
    III Solo:
    8   Geigen Principal
    8   Dulciana
    8   Melodia
    8   Stopped Diapason
    4   Fugara
    4   Flute d'Amour
    2   Piccolo
    8   Clarionet
    32  Contra Bourdon
    16  Open Diapason
    16  Bell Gamba
    16  Violone
    16  Bourdon
    8   Violoncello
    8   Doppelflöte
    4   Flute
    16  Trombone
    8   Fagotto
    Great to Pedale
    Swell to Pedale
    Solo to Pedale
    Swell to Great
    Solo to Great
    Swell to Solo
  • Original document from Jim Lewis.. Source: Stop list included in an article from Chicago Daily Tribune February 15, 1874 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.