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Second Baptist Church
1717 Benson Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201


OHS Database ID 22160.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
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 February 8, 2019.
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Technical Details

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 7 stops. 7 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front.


  • Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. December 5, 2005)
  • Updated by Rhonda K. Craven, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Stephen J. Schnurr.
    The report does not make these other specifications clear enough for me to add the information accurately
    As the church historian, I sought information about our organ which was not being utilized but had been regularly for many years. In August 2012, I reached out to the authors of Pipe Organs of Chicago, and Stephen J. Schnurr replied. He offered to come inspect the organ in September 2012 and sent a report of his and his colleague's findings. I based what I entered on that letter, but I couldn't "translate" all of the data to fit the form.

    He reported that the organ was rare in that it only had one alteration: "The Swell 8' Diapason has been moved up one octave to play at 4' pitch." The original twelve bass pipes were still in the organ chamber. The organ has been in the same location since its initial installation ca. 1922, with no modifications besides the above.

    Since he was based in Gary, IN, he came to play a selection during our Christmas concert that same year and shared some of the organ's history with the audience.

    The church to date has not chosen to act on any recommendations, such as basic maintenance and cleaning to allow it to be played or establishing a plan for restoration or alteration. (Steven E. Lawson. August 13, 2017)
  • Updated by James R. Stettner, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Stephen Schnurr.

    (Stephen Hall. February 8, 2019)

Online Documents

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Organ in Front Gallery. Photograph by Denise Martin 2019-01-20
Organ Facade. Photograph by Denise Martin 2019-01-20
Console. Photograph by Rhonda K. Craven 2019-02-10
Console: manuals and stops. Photograph by Rhonda K. Craven 2019-02-10
Unison Off controls atop keycheek. Photograph by Rhonda K. Craven 2019-02-10
Console: pedalboard, pedal movements, and toe levers. Photograph by Rhonda K. Craven 2019-02-10
Console: pedal movements, and toe levers. Photograph by Rhonda K. Craven 2019-02-10
Sanctuary Interior and Organ Facade. Photo for a 2007 church brochure, courtesy of Rhonda K. Craven (2007)
Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr

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  • Original document from James R. Stettner.. Source: Stoplist from a report by Steven Schnurr to the church; then corrected from photos of the console taken Feb. 10, 2019.
    Evanston, Illinois
    Second Baptist Church
    W.W. KIMBALL CO., KPO 6615, 1922 - Original Specifications
    GREAT (Expressive)                           COUPLERS
       8'     Open Diapason             61          Swell Unison 8'          [to Pedal]
       8'     Melodia             (Sw)  --          Great Unison 8'          [to Pedal]
       8'     Dulciana                  61
       4'     Wald Flute          (Sw)  --          Swell Sub 16'            [to Great]
       2'     Flautina            (Sw)  --          Swell Unison 8'          [to Great]
              Chimes                   (__)         Swell Super 4'           [to Great]
       Great Sub 16'
       Gr. Unison On/Off                         FINGER PISTONS
       Great Super                                  Swell & Pedal                 1 - 3
                                                    Great & Pedal                 1 - 3
    SWELL (Expressive)                                Cancel
       8'     Viola Diapason            61
       8'     Concert Flute             61
       8'     Salicional                61       TOE STUDS
       4'     Forest Flute              12          Label Missing                 (rev)
       2-2/3' Nasard                     7          Label Missing     [Sforz]     (rev)
       2'     Piccolo                    5
       8'     Orch Horn                 61
       8'     Orch Oboe         (Syn.)  --       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
       8'     Vox Humana                61          Expression                   (bal.)
              Tremolo                               Crescendo                    (bal.)
              Vox Vibrato
       Swell Sub 16'                             ACTION: E-P primary & unit
       Sw. Unison On/Off
       Swell Super                               STOPS: 7
                                                 REGISTERS: 18; inc. chimes
    PEDAL (Expressive)
       16    Contra Bass          (Gt)  12       RANKS: 7
       16    Bourdon              (Sw)  12
       8     Flute                (Sw)  --       PIPES: 475
    The organ is free-standing and encased in a front gallery above and behind the
    pulpit platform. The façade contains __ gold-painted pipes with __ down each side
    and 55 across the front. All of the façade pipes are dummies.
    The rolltop console is in fixed position at the left side of the choir & organ
    gallery with the organists back facing the congregation. Stops are as stop keys
    above the manuals. The Unison Off function for both manuals is as On/Off pistons
    on the top, left keycheek of each manual.
    At the time of this writing, and from photos taken February 11, 2019 by church
    historian Rhonda K. Craven, all of the engraved plates are missing: divisional
    nameplates, expression and crescendo pedal plates, toe lever plates, and indicator
    light plates.
    Based on the indicator lights present, it is likely that one of the two toe levers
    is a reversible Sforzando. The other could be either a Great-to-Pedal reversible
    or perhaps a Chimes Sustaining option.
    The Swell 8' Orch Oboe is synthetic, derived from the 8' Salicional and 2-2/3'
    Nasard. The 8' Viola Diapason has been transposed to 4' pitch, but the 8' basses
    are stored inside the organ. The Tremolo, which is placed by itself between the
    Swell and Great stop tablets, affects the entire instrument.
    Sources: Church documents; report by Stephen Schnurr; photos of extant organ
    Second Baptist Church
    1717 Benson Ave.
    Evanston, IL. 60201 
    (847) 869-6955                               Documented: February 11, 2019
  • Click Here Original document from James R. Stettner.. Source: Stoplist from a report by Steven Schnurr to the church; then corrected from photos of the console taken Feb. 10, 2019. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.