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Christ Church, Episcopal
663 Douglas St.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

OHS Database ID 17541.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 26, 2006.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 19 stops. 21 registers. 19 ranks. 1113 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top.

Concave radiating pedalboard (not AGO standard dimensions). Crescendo Pedal.


  • Identified through information in Volume V p. 6 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 7, 2005)
  • Pilcher made repairs and moved the console as their Op. 1528.5 in 1930. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from William Barger. -- This organ was moved to the back gallery of the church by Norville Hall and Associates, Mentone, Alabama, in 1960. The work was not well done, and the instrument was never at all satisfactory. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, the pipes were sold one at a time to the congregation and the remainder of the organ scrapped. A Möller Artiste (4-rank) from St. Mark's Episcopal, Dalton GA, was installed in the gallery until the present Richards, Fowkes instrument was installed. The façade pipes on both sides are still extant as is the 16' First Open Diapason. Many of these pipes played on both the Swell and Great, and it was most unsatisfactory to be missing those notes when the rest of the organ was moved to the rear gallery. The first open diapason is the only front stop that was playable after the rest of the organ was moved. (Database Manager. April 26, 2006)
  • The church interior was completed according to plans by Ralph Adams Cram. (Jeff Scofield. November 22, 2019)

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 Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph.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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Related Database Entries

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Facade pipes. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2019-11-18
Chancel and facade pipes. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2019-11-18
Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2019-11-18

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  • . Source: Stoplist courtesy of the OHS Archives
       Chattanooga, Tennessee
       Christ Church, Episcopal
       Pilcher   Op. 794   1913   2/19
       GREAT                       SWELL                       PEDAL
    8' 1st Open Diapason 61    16' Bourdon          61     16' Open Diapason 32
    8' 2nd Open Diapason 61     8' Open Diapason    61     16' Sub Bass      32
    8' Doppel Flute      61     8' Stopped Diapason 61     16' Bourdon       SW
    8' Gamba             61     8' Salicional       61      8' Bass Flute    12
    8' Dulciana          61     8' Aeoline          61
    4' Octave            61     4' Flute Harmonic   61
    4' Flute d'Amour     61     4' Violina          61
       Sub                      8' Cornopean        61
       Super                    8' Oboe             61
                                8' Vox Humana       61
                   [Received from Jeff Scofield November 21, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist courtesy of the OHS Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.