The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Luther Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 16479.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
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 January 10, 2011.
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Technical Details

Three manuals. 36 stops. 1455 pipes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

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


  • Identified through information in Volume VI p. 253 of the Pilcher factory ledger and the list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 6, 2005)
  • Original price: $11,900 (Ledger index) (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 6, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from Martin Hill. -- Extant but in very poor condition, only barely playable. (Database Manager. February 9, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from Connor Annable. (Database Manager. January 10, 2011)

Online Documents

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  • Pilcher Organs. Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt. Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph. Document Date. April 5, 2005.

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Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr

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  • From The Stopt Diapason Winter 2007/2008
    Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL
    1926 Henry Pilcher's Sons opus 1319
    Great (Manual II, enclosed with Choir):
    8' Open Diapason (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Gross Flute (wood, 85 pipes)
    8' Gamba (from Choir, 8' Gamba)
    8' Dulciana (from Choir, 8' Dulciana)
    8' Clarabella (from Choir, 8' Clarabella)
    4' Octave (extension, 8' Open Diapason)
    4' Flute d'Amour (from Choir, 4' Flute d'Amour)
    8' French Horn (from Choir, 8' French Horn)
    Great to Great 16'
    Great Unison Off
    Great Seperation
    Great to Great 4'
    Swell to Great 16'
    Swell to Great 8'
    Swell to Great 4'
    Choir to Great 16'
    Choir to Great 8'
    Choir to Great 4'
    Echo to Great 8'
    Swell (Manual III, enclosed):
    16' Bourdon (wood and metal, 97 pipes)
    8' Diapason Phonon (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Stopped Diapason (extension, 16' Bourdon)
    8' Salicional (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Vox Celeste (from tenor C, metal, 61 pipes)
    8' Aeoline (metal, 73 pipes)
    4' Flute (extension, 16' Bourdon)
    2-2/3' Quint (extension, 16' Bourdon)
    2' Flautina (extension, 16' Bourdon)
    8' Cornopean (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Oboe (metal, 73 pipes)
    Swell to Swell 16'
    Swell Unison Off
    Swell to Swell 4'
    Choir (Manual I, enclosed with Great):
    8' English Diapason (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Clarabella (wood, 73 pipes)
    8' Dulciana (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Gamba (metal, 85 pipes)
    4' Flute d'Amour (wood and metal, 73 pipes)
    8' French Horn (metal, 73 pipes)
    Choir to Choir 16'
    Choir Unison Off
    Choir to Choir 4'
    Swell to Choir 16'
    Swell to Choir 8'
    Swell to Choir 4'
    Echo (Manual I, enclosed):
    8' Cor de Nuit (wood, 73 pipes)
    8' Viol d'Orchestre (metal, 73 pipes)
    8' Viol Celeste (from tenor C, metal, 61 pipes)
    8' Vox Humana (metal, 73 pipes)
    Cathedral Chimes (Deagen Class A, 20 tubes)
    Harp (prepared)
    Echo to Echo 16'
    Echo Unison Off
    Echo to Echo 4'
    16' Open Diapason (extension, Great, 8' Gross Flute)
    16' Bourdon (wood, 44 pipes)
    16' Lieblich Gedackt (from Swell, 16' Bourdon)
    16' Contra Viol (extension, Choir, 8' Gamba)
    8' Dolce Flute (extension, 16' Bourdon)
    8' Gedeckt (from Swell, 16' Bourdon)
    Great to Pedal 8'
    Swell to Pedal 8'
    Swell to Pedal 4'
    Choir to Pedal 8'
    Echo to Pedal 8'
    [Received from Connor Annable 2011-08-27.]
  • Click Here From The Stopt Diapason Winter 2007/2008 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.