The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles, California 90041

Bird Studio

OHS Database ID 18476.

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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 February 22, 2016.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 10 ranks. 701 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through information in Classified List of Hall Organs, published in 1929 by Hall Organ Co., West Haven, Connecticut. (Database Manager. June 28, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Edmond Johnson.
    Contract signed for $5950 in April 1929. Organ installed in September and October of that year. (Database Manager. February 22, 2016)

Online Documents

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Interior of Bird Studio, Chamber Grillework, and Console. (ca. 1950's) Photograph from Occidental College Archives; image courtesy of Edmond Johnson

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  • Stoplist from original contract dated April 8, 1929
    Los Angeles, California
    Occidental College
    Bird Studio, Booth Hall
    Hall Organ Company, 1929
    GREAT                                           SWELL                                
    8  Diapason                 73 pipes            8  Gedeckt (wood)           73 pipes
    8  Melodia (wood)           73 pipes            8  Viole d’Orchestre        73 pipes
    8  Viole d'Orchestre        (Swell) 		8  Gemshorn Celeste         73 pipes
    8  Gemshorn Celeste         (Swell)             8  Aeoline                  73 pipes
    4  Harmonic Flute           (Swell)             4  Harmonic Flute           73 Pipes 
                                                    8  Oboe                     73 Pipes
    Great Tremelo					8  Vox Humana               73 Pipes
    Swell to Great Unison                           
    Swell to Great Super                            Swell to Swell Super
    Swell to Great Sub                              Swell to Swell Sub
    Great to Great Super                            Swell Unison Off
    Great to Great Sub
    Great Unison Release
    16 Bourdon (wood)			32 pipes
    16 Lieblich Gedeckt (wood)  Ext. of Swell Gedeckt
    8  Flute 					[pipes for this rank not listed in contact; possibly a preparation]
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal Octave
    Adjustable, Double-touch pistons. First Touch affects Manual Stops and Couples, Second Touch affects Pedal Stops and Couplers. Five Pistons operating on Swell and Pedal Stops and Couplers. Four Pistons operating on Great and Pedal Stops and Couplers. One General Piston, single touch, operating on the entire organ.
    Balanced Swell Expression Pedal         Balanced Crescendo Pedal
    Balanced Great Expression Pedal         Great to Pedal Reversible (duplicated by piston) 
    Full Organ Pedal       
    Crescendo Indicator                     
    Full Organ Indicator
    [Details above transcribed from original organ contract.] 
     [Received from Edmond Johnson 2016-02-25.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from original contract dated April 8, 1929 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.