The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Holy Comforter Lutheran Church
3319 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20020

OHS Database ID 1898.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 11, 2017.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 12 stops. 14 ranks. 716 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is at floor level at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. No enclosed divisions. No combination action. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Hitchdown couplers.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated by Christopher Fasulo, who maintains the organ.
    Manuals: C1 to G5
    Pedals: C1 to F3
    The pipe organ at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church is a 2-manual, tracker style instrument of 14 ranks, located in the rear of the sanctuary. It was built in 1976 by the firm Karl Wilhelm, Inc., now located in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Province of Québec, Canada. The handsome solid white oak case design serves musically to focus and project the sound of the pipes.

    The tonal design, voicing and finishing of the pipes was done by Christophe Linde. The organ was installed by Christophe Linde and Jacques L'Italien. (Steven E. Lawson. August 11, 2017)

Online Documents

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  • Pape, Uwe. The Tracker Organ Revival in America. (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1977), 173 [0]

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Organ Case and Keydesk. (ca. 1976) Published Photograph; image courtesy of James R. Stettner
Organ Case and Keydesk. Photograph by Christopher Fasulo 2014-01-19
Organ Case and Keydesk. Photograph by Christopher Fasulo 2014-01-19

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: From church website

  • Washington, District of Columbia
    Holy Comforter Lutheran Church
    Karl Wilhelm   Opus 47   1976
    2 manuals, 12 stops, 14 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN
          8' Rohrflöte        56
          4' Prinzipal        56
          2' Waldflöte        56
          1' Mixture III     178
             POSITIV ORGAN
          8' Gedackt          56
          4' Rohrflöte        56
          2' Prinzipal        56
      1 1/3' Quint            56
          8' Krummhorn        56
             PEDAL ORGAN
         16' Subbass          30
          8' Bourdon          30
          4' Choralbass       30
             Positiv to Great
             Great to Pedal
             Positiv to Pedal
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-05-08]
  • Typed stoplist. Source: From church website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.