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St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
7501 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles: Hollywood, California 90046

Church

OHS Database ID 19326.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 10, 2012.


Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 7 divisions. 102 stops. 65 ranks. 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. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through on-line information from Weston Harris. -- Opus 46 was built in the factory side-by-side to the the famous St. Louisiana Purchase Exposition organ, currently the heart of the Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia. Opus 46 was built for Christ Church, a prominent Los Angeles Parish boasting 1500 congregants and an extensive music program. After a church scandal, the church disbanded and the organ was moved to the Church of the Open Door where it was played until 1985. It was placed into storage awaiting construction of a new church, which was not realized. In 1987 the warehouse where the organ was stored suddenly needed to be vacated within a week so that the warehouse could to be razed. Organ builder Weston Harris heard about the availability of the organ and quickly surveyed it, and the organ was purchased by St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church. Later it was found that a significant historical instrument had been acquired. After a year's debate, the church determined to renovate and install the organ into the church. This included addition of much of the existing small organ at the church as well as the Great Organ reeds from Aeolian Skinner Opus 886 (the organ originally at the Memorial Chapel at Harvard University). The Skinner console shell from Stanford University was rescued from a rubbish pile and placed on the organ. The organ is an integral part of the church's unusual "high" Anglo-Catholic ministry and extensive music program. (Database Manager. August 7, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Weston Harris. (Database Manager. August 2, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. November 10, 2012)

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Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2001-01-12
Console and pipes. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2001-01-12
Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2001-01-12
Church exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2001-01-12

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from the console January 12, 2001
            Hollywood, California
            St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
    
            Los Angeles Art Organ Co.   1904   Op. 46
            Weston Harris               1988
            ___________________________________________________
    
            GREAT                        CHOIR
        16' Principal                 8' Concert Flute
         8' Open Diapason             8' Viola
         8' Principal                 8' Viola Celeste
         8' Doppelflote               8' Dulciana
         4' Octave                    8' Unda Maris
         4' Principal                 4' Fugara
         4' Hohlflote                 4' Flute d'Amour
         4' Waldflote             2 2/3' Nasard
     2 2/3' Twelfth                   2' Harmonic Piccolo
         2' Fifteenth             1 3/5' Dolce Tierce
         2' Super Octave          1 1/3' Flute Larigot
         2' Waldflote                 8' Clarinet
    III-IV  Fourniture                8' Orchestral Oboe
    II-III  Acuta                     8' English Horn
            Tremulant                    Tremulant
            Sub                          Sub
            Super                        Super
                                         Celesta
            SWELL
        16' Contra Viola                 BOMBARDE
         8' Geigen Principal       V-VI  Grand Mixture
         8' Lieblich Gedeckt          8' Trumpet
         8' Flute Celeste             4' Clarion
         8' Viole 'Gambe                 Sub
         8' Viole Celeste                Super
         8' Salicional                8' Tuba Mirabilis 16"
         8' Voix Celeste              4' Tuba Clarion   16"                                  
         4' Prestant                     Bombarde Chorus Cutout
         4' Rohrflote
     2 2/3' Nasard                       PROCESSIONAL
         2' Flautino                  8' Diapason
        IV  Plein Jeu                 8' Memorial Strings
    II-III  Acuta                     4' Octave
        16' Fagotto                   8' State Trumpet
         8' Trompette                 4' State Trumpet
         8' Harmonic Trumpet
         8' Hautbois                     PEDAL
         8' Vox Humana               32' Double Diapason
         4' Clairon                  32' Contra Bourdon
            Tremulant                32' Dolce Gedeckt
            Sub                      16' Open Diapason
            Unison Off               16' Principal
            Super                    16' Bourdon
                                     16' Violone
            POSITIV                  16' Lieblich Gedeckt
         8' Holzgedeckt               8' Octave
         8' Gemshorn                  8' Diapason
         4' Nachthorn                 8' Bourdon
         4' Zartflote                 8' Flauto Dolce
     2 2/3' Nazard                5 1/3' Quinte
         2' Principal                 4' Choralbass
         2' Flute                     4' Offenflote
     1 3/5' Tierce                    4' Chimney Flute
     1 1/3' Larigot                   2' Super Octave
         1' Sifflote                  2' Flote
       III  Scharff              III-IV  Flute Mixture
         8' Krummhorn                II  Acuta
            Tremulant                32' Calder Bombarde
            POS to CH                16' Trombone
            POS to GT                16' Trompette
                                      8' Posaune
                                      8' Trompette
                                      4' Clarion
    
    [Received online from Jeff Scofield November 9, 2012] 
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the console January 12, 2001 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.