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St. Paul's United Church of Christ
2335 N. Orchard
Chicago, Illinois 60614

OHS Database ID 19477.

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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 September 1, 2017.

Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 59 stops. 76 registers. 73 ranks. 4406 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. The console is in a fixed position, right.

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


  • Identified through on-line information from Matt Emery. -- A "Whiteford Aeolian-Skinner." Rebuilt and restored by Len Berghaus over 1998 - 2000. During that rebuilding and restoration, Berghaus added a number of stops to complete the original 1959 specification as well as a handful of stops new to the organ's specification. The pipework is located in divided chambers on the two sides of the traditionally styled chancel. An antiphonal division plays from the wall of the rear balcony, and includes 5 flue manual stops, 2 antiphonal pedal stops, and a Trompette-en-chamade. The antiphonal division appears orginal to the 1959 specification. The sanctuary, circa 1957, is traditionally styled, incorporating many gothic-styled elements. The acoustic is generally supportive. This organ is named "The Phoenix", as it 'rose out of the fire' that destroyed the previous 1898 sanctuary of St. Pauls Church. That fire was believed to have been started by faulty electrical work in the organ that was in that sanctuary. (P.S.: St. Pauls is correctly spelled without the apostrophy, in recognition of their German heritage.) (Database Manager. September 20, 2005)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Replaced #1281; dedication recital played by David L. Thorburn on September 13, 1959; some additional work in 1959 during original installation, #1328-A; extant. (Database Manager. June 28, 2008)
  • Updated by Alex Fries, who maintains the organ.

    Trompette-en-chamade can only be played on the antiphonal keyboard (cannot be transferred via coupler), or by its own drawknob on the great. (Steven E. Lawson. September 1, 2017)

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Console - Left Toeboard. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Antiphonal Organ. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Antiphonal Organ - Close Up. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Chancel and Chamber Openings Screens. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Chancel - Close Up. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Casework - Left Chamber Opening. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Casework - Right Chamber Opening. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Console - Left Stop Jamb. Photograph by Alex Fries 1987-09-04
Console - Manuals and Couplers. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31
Console - Right Stop Jamb. Photograph by Alex Fries 2017-08-31

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  • From Organ Atlas 2012
    Chicago, Illinois
    Saint Paul's United Church of Christ
    Present stoplist of Aeolian-Skinner, Op. 1328
    II. GREAT (61 pipes)
    16' Quintaten
    8' Principal
    8' Singend Gedeckt
    8' Gemshorn
    4' Octave
    4' Waldflöte
    2 2/3' Twelfth
    2' Fifteenth
    V Grand Tierce (305 pipes)
    IV Fourniture (244 pipes)
    III Scharf (183 pipes)
    8' Bombarde (Ch.)
    8' Trompette en Chamade (Ant.)
    Great Unison Off
    Positiv on Great
    Carillon (Chimes, 24 notes, new in 2000)
    III. SWELL (enclosed, (68 pipes))
    16' Rohrbordun (80 pipes)
    8' Geigen Principal
    8' Rohrflöte (ext. 16')
    8' Flute Conique
    8' Flute Celeste (t.c., 56 pipes)
    8' Viola da Gamba
    8' Viola Celeste
    4' Spitzoctave
    4' Flauto Traverso
    2' Octavin (61 pipes)
    IV Plein Jeu (244 pipes)
    III Cymbale (183 pipes, new in 2000)
    16' Fagotto
    8' Trompette
    8' Oboe (68 pipes, new in 2000)
    8' Vox Humana
    4' Clarion
    Chimes (Gt.)
    Swell to Swell 16', UO, 4'
    Positiv on Swell
    I. CHOIR (enclosed (68 pipes))
    8' Viola Pomposa (80 pipes)
    8' Viola Celeste
    8' Cor de Nuit
    8' Dulciana
    8' Unda Maris (t.c., 56 pipes)
    4' Prestant
    4' Zauberflöte
    2 2/3' Nazard (61 pipes)
    2' Blockflöte (61 pipes)
    1 3/5' Tierce (61 pipes)
    III-IV Acuta (206 pipes, new in 2000)
    16' English Horn
    8' Bombarde
    8' Cromorne
    4' Rohr Schalmei
    8' Trompette en Chamade (Ant.)
    Chimes (Gt.)
    Choir to Choir 16', UO, 4'
    Positiv on Choir
    POSITIV (floating, 61 pipes)
    8' Nason Flöte
    4' Koppelflöte
    2' Klein Prinzipal
    1 1/3' Larigot
    1 1/7' Septiéme
    1' Sifflöte
    III-IV Cymbel (206 pipes)
    *variable speed and volume, 6 notes, new in 2000
    IV. ANTIPHONAL (61 pipes)
    8' Principal
    8' Gedeckt (73 pipes)
    8' Spitzflöte
    4' Montre (73 pipes)
    III-V Plein Jeu (244 pipes)
    8' Trompette-en-Chamade 
    Antiphonal to Antiphonal 16', 4'
    Positiv on Antiphonal
    PEDAL (32 pipes)
    32' Resultant (ext. Contre Bass)
    32' Bourdon (56 pipes)
    16' Contre Bass
    16' Bourdon (ext.)
    16' Quintaten (Gt.)
    16' Contra Viola (ext. Ch.)
    16' Rohrbordun (Sw.)
    8' Principal
    8' Spitzflöte
    8' Bourdon (ext. 32')
    8' Quintaten (ext. Gt.)
    8' Rohrflöte (ext. Sw.)
    5 1/3' Quinte (new in 2000)
    4' Choral Bass
    4' Nachthorn
    2' Spillflöte
    III-IV Mixture (120 pipes, new in 2000)
    32' Bombarde (68 pipes)
    16' Bombarde (ext.)
    16' Fagotto (Sw.)
    8' Trompette-en-Chamade (Ant.)
    8' Bombarde (ext.)
    8' Fagotto (ext. Sw.)
    4' Bombarde (ext.)
    4' Rohr Schalmei (Ch.)
    Carillon (Chimes)
    Positiv on Pedal
     [Received from Connor Annable 2012-08-08.]
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