The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Residence: William Ripley Dorr
Palos Verdes Estates, California

OHS Database ID 18483.

Status and Condition

This instrument is known from a single historic document only; it is presumed to be no longer extant.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 28, 2005.

Technical Details

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 10 stops. 17 registers. 10 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.


  • Identified through information in Classified List of Hall Organs, published in 1929 by Hall Organ Co., West Haven, Connecticut. (Database Manager. June 28, 2005)
  • William Ripley Dorr was conductor of the famed St. Luke's Choristers of Long Beach, California; they appeared in over 90 feature films between 1930 and 1950, including such A pictures like The Bells of St. Mary's, San Francisco, Mrs. Miniver, Boys Town, Since You Went Away, The Corn Is Green and many others. (Jeff Scofield. September 15, 2019)

Online Documents

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Music room showing tone outlets and rear of console.. Jim Lewis collection, courtesy of Jim Lewis (c.1930)

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  • . Source: Stoplist copied from The American Organist February 1930
       Palos Verdes, California
       William Ripley Dorr Residence
       Hall   1929   2/10
       As per the policy of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST at the time, stop
       names of extensions and borrows are shown with the same name
       as the parent rank.
       GREAT                      SWELL                       PEDAL
    8' Diapason          73    8' Gedeckt           73    16' Bourdon 32
    8' Viole d'Orchestre 73    8' Viole d'Orchestre GT    16' Gedeckt **
    8' Gemshorn Celeste  73    8' Gemshorn Celeste  GT     8' Bourdon 12
    8' Melodia           73    8' Aeoline           GT     8' Gedeckt SW
    8' Aeoline           73    4' Harmonic Flute    GT
    4' Harmonic Flute    73    8' Oboe              73    **  Bourdon on
       Sub                     8' Vox Humana        61        soft wind
       Unison Off                 Tremulant
       Super                      Sub
                                  Unison Off
    Mr. Dorr specified the following characteristics:  "I would like the
    Diapason big and mellow ... pure, warm Diapason and pretty big, as I 
    want almost everything else fairly soft.  I do not want the organ to
    be too loud. The Gemshorn should be quite soft, but louder than the
    Aeoline. The Gedeckt I would like considerably softer than the 
    Melodia. The Oboe should be somewhat horny, so that without tremulant
    it will make a good stop for soft Trumpet effects. The Vox might be
    very soft indeed, and with the fluty characteristics instead of the
    stringy. The Bourdon I would like of medium scale and the Lieblich
    of course much softer."
              [Received from Jeff Scofield September 15, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist copied from The American Organist February 1930 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.