The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Highland Congregational Church
Lowell, Massachusetts

OHS Database ID 1734.

Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 23, 2008.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 17 stops. 17 registers. 17 ranks. 940 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Hitchdown couplers.


  • Goodwin case. Tonal changes by Robert Reich (2-19) in 1958. [Additional alterations by Andover & Fisk?] Bldg. razed in 1970. Organ relocated through OCH to St. John's Episcopal, Kirkland, WA in 1970. [Visited by OHS convention in 1959.] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was housed behind a rather unique, asymmetrical,and fanciful case front in the front, left side of the sanctuary. Stop names are a bit a-traditional, having "Italianate" names like: Flautileno, Flauto Soave, Dolciano, Violettino, Corno di Cappella, etc. The combinations are via fixed foot trundles - two per division. There also Swell to Great sub octave and octave couplers via hitch-down. By 1969, the building and organ had become the property of Montefiore Synagogue. When the building wa razed in 1970, the organ was purchased by John Merriman and stored in Methuen, MA. It was later offered for resale through the Organ Clearing House, and relocated to St. John's Episcopal in Kirkland, WA. in 1974 (not 1970, as indicated above). (Database Manager. October 23, 2008)

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Organ facade. Photograph from the 1982 OHS Convention Handbook.
Keydesk. Photograph from the 1982 OHS Convention Handbook.

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  • Typed stoplist (Source: The Tracker, Vol. 57, No. 2)
      Highland Congregational Church
      Lowell, Massachusetts
      Cole & Woodbury, 1892
      OHS ID: 1734
      GREAT                     SWELL                    PEDAL               
    8 Principal Diapason   16 Contra Viola TC      16 Bordone Principale
    8 Viola Dolce           8 Viola Principale     16 Lieblich Gedeckt
    8 Flauto Concerto       8 Dolciano
    8 Flautileno [1]        8 Doppelflote             NOTES
    4 Octava Acuta          8 Viola Aetheria       1. To tenor c; common
    4 Flauta Soava          4 Hohlpfeife              bass with Flauto 
                            4 Salicetto Dolce         Concerto.
                            2 Violettino
                            8 Corno di Cappella
    [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2013-09-05]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist (Source: The Tracker, Vol. 57, No. 2) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.