The OHS Pipe Organ Database

College of the City of New York
Convent Avenue at 140th Street
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10031

Great Hall

OHS Database ID 19640.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been destroyed and is no longer extant.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 7, 2019.


Technical Details

Four manuals. 84 stops. 63 registers. 65 ranks. 3846 pipes.

The console is movable.

Notes

  • Identified 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:
    Additions and alterations in 1932, #135-A; in 1933, #A-681 to rebuild console; in 1934, #J-5214, in 1937, #135-B for additions, in 1937, #J-5635, in 1938, #J-5770; and in 1941, #A-500; removed in the 1960s. (Database Manager. November 19, 2005)
  • Updated by Dalton Whiteside, who gave this as the source of the information: I have worked at the Archives of CCNY and I conducted an effort to get a new organ in the Great Hall. I wrote a report on the organ and act as architectural historian for the college..

    The first organist at CCNY was Samuel Atkinson Baldwin who worked at the college from 1907-1932. Within his tenure, he performed 1,362 organ recitals for the public and by his retirement was named "organist of the city of new york". His successor was Charles Heinroth who continued to provide organ lessons until 1942. The Great Hall became the college Technology Library in the 1950's and the organ was simply covered in a sheet. In 1963, the Great Hall was being converted back to a ceremonial space and the Skinner organ was found not to work so it was thrown out. An Allen electric organ replaced the Skinner in 1963 which only operated until 1975, and it was removed in 1978. Only the original Skinner facade pipes survive. (Stephen Hall. February 7, 2019)

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Console. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project
Console. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project
Organ case. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project

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Stoplist

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project
            New York, New York
            College of the City of New York
            Great Hall
    
            Skinner   Op. 135   1906   4/63
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            GREAT  6" wind              SWELL  6"
    
        16' Diapason        61      16' Bourdon           61
        16' Bourdon         61       8' 1st Diapason 10"  61
         8' 1st Diapason    61       8' 2nd Diapason      61
         8' 2nd Diapason    61       8' Gross Floete      61
         8' 3rd Diapason    61       8' Gedackt           61
         8' Gross Floete    61       8' Spitzfloete       61
         8' Gamba           61       8' Viol d'Orchestre  61
         8' Gedackt         61       8' Voix Celestes     61
         8' Erzähler        61       8' Salicional        61
         4' Octave          61       8' Aeoline           61
         4' Flute           61       4' Octave            61
         2' Fifteenth       61       4' Flute             61
        16' Tuba            SO       4' Salicet           61
         8' Trumpet         61       2' Flautino          61
         8' Tuba            SO     III  Cornet           183
         4' Tuba            SO      16' Trumpet    10"    61
                                     8' Cornopean  10"    61
            SOLO   10"               8' Horn       10"    61
                                     8' Oboe              61
         8' Stentorphone    61       8' Vox Humana        61
         8' Philomela       61       4' Clarion    10"    61
         8' Gamba           61          Tremolo
         8' Dulcet II       122         Sub
         8' Concert Flute   CH          Super
         8' Quintadena      CH
         8' Dulciana        CH          CHOIR   6"
         4' Flute           61
         4' Flute           CH      16' Dulciana          61
        16' Tuba   15"      61       8' Diapason          61
        16' Fagotto         CH       8' Gamba             61
         8' Tuba Mirabilis  61 25"   8' Concert Flute     61
         8' Tuba   15"      12       8' Quintadena        61
         8' Orchestral Oboe CH       8' Dulciana          61
         8' Clarinet        CH       8' Unda Maris        61
         4' Tuba   15"      12       4' Violina           61
            Sub                      4' Flute             61
            Super                    2' Piccolo           61
                                    16' Fagotto           61
            PEDAL  6"                8' Clarinet          61
                                     8' Orchestral Oboe   61
        32' Diapason  10"   32          Tremolo
        16' 1st Diapason    12          Sub
        16' 2nd Diapason    32          Super
        16' Bourdon         32
        16' Violone         32
        16' Dulciana        32
        16' Gedackt         SW
    10 2/3' Quint            7
         8' Flute (1stDia)  12
         8' Gedackt          5
         8' Cello           SW
         4' Flute           32
        32' Bombarde   25"  12
        16' Ophecleide 25"  32
        16' Trombone        SO
         8' Tromba     25"  12
    
             [Received from Jeff Scofield December 2, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.