The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Pearl and McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas

Church

OHS Database ID 15959.

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Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 14, 2015.
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Technical Details

Two manuals. 26 registers.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front.

Notes

  • Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991). (James Cook. March 1, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- Trinity Methodist Church was designed in the Prairie School Gothic style by James E. Flanders, a Dallas architect. This historic structure was destroyed by fire in 1985. (Database Manager. January 3, 2011)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- The text on the church's Official Texas Historical Marker states: "Trinity Methodist Church - Founded in 1884, the Trinity Methodist congregation acquired this site in 1895 and in 1903-04 erected this structure in what was then a neighborhood of fashionable residences. This was one of 125 churches in Texas designed by James Edward Flanders (1849 - 1928), who was familiar with the Chicago School of Architecture. The contractor was J. W. Slaughter, a leading builder and developer of the Oak Lawn area. The structure is dominated by the entrance tower and gabled cruciform roof of fish scale shakes. The interior has a spacious auditorium with elevated choir and pulpit and an organ chamber framed with rich cast stone ornamentation. Brilliant stained glass windows in Gothic shapes give counterpoint to the severity of the walls. Very fine materials and workmanship characterize the building. As a rare example of prairie style architecture, this edifice has enhanced the religious and cultural life of the city for several generations. No longer in use as a church, this structure has a new role as a cultural element in the city. It was bought in 1975 by the American Institute of Musical Studies, as headquarters for its activities." (Database Manager. January 3, 2011)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. (Database Manager. January 4, 2011)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- According to a Dec. 14, 1904 Dallas Morning News article, "An order for a $6,000 pipe organ to be placed in the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, corner McKinney avenue and Pearl street, will be given within the next few days. The instrument is to be finished ready for use some time in May. It will contain 1,100 pipes, twenty speaking stops, and will have full pneumatic action throughout. It will occupy a space 21 feet wide, 14 feet deep, and 26 feet high, said to be one of the best organ chambers in the State." (Database Manager. February 14, 2011)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- According to a July 5, 1905 Dallas Morning News article, "David E. Grove Jr., organist and choirmaster at St. Matthew's [Episcopal] Cathedral, has been engaged to give the opening recital on the new pipe organ at the Trinity Methodist Church, McKinney avenue and Pearl street. The recital is to be given for the benefit of the organ fund, and will take place on Friday night at 8 o'clock." (Database Manager. February 14, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from T. Bradford Willis. (Database Manager. June 14, 2015)

Online Documents

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Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1910s)

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