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Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Auditorium

OHS Database ID 23436.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 255.


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 is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 3, 2014.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

5 manuals. 9 divisions. 62 stops. 77 registers. 75 ranks. 4877 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

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

Notes

  • On-line update from David Kinyon -- Instrument is in reasonably good condition. The main organ, Great, Swell, Solo, Pedal, Choir are in the ceiling speaking through cloth. There is a stage division enclosed stage left. Also a small echo division in the first gallery level next to the console and and Etherial Division in the ceiling directly above the console. Console is very comfortable but definitely a Skinner button craze. [Editor's Note: This comment refers to the present Reisner console, a 1972 replacement for the original.] Unaltered since last renovation. Huge auditorium horseshoe style for Masonic work, but acoustically totally dead. Organ is quite muffled and difficult to hear from the console. Organ is rarely if every used. Suffering from dust and lack of use. (Database Manager. September 4, 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:
    The original builder was Skinner Organ Co. -- Opus 696 (1928). This contract/opus number covered the addition of two identical new divisions of four ranks each, one in a balcony, the other on stage. (Database Manager. April 21, 2006)
  • Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- Main organ located in ceiling chamber measuring 18' by 32' above front center of auditorium; in 1969, Cave Organ Co. replaced the Skinner console with a 5-manual one by Reisner. The Skinner console is on display in the History Room. (Database Manager. August 14, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from JOHN R WINKLER. -- A XYLOPHONE has been added after 2000 and is not enclosed. The stop for it is on a blank stop within the swell stops. There is a single keyboard that can be connected to the stage organ. (Database Manager. March 3, 2014)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. "Scottish Rite Cathedral, Indianapolis, Indiana," 2007 Organ Atlas: Central Indiana Region (203-212). [Stoplists, photographs]
  • Coleberd, Robert E.. "The Masonic Lodge Pipe Organ: Another neglected chapter in the history of pipe organ building in America," The Diapason (August, 2008 [Whole No. 1185] pp. 24-29). [Lists both of Multiple Masonic Lodge contracts by builders and of representative four-manual Masonic Lodge organs] [Photographs, stoplist]

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Photographs

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Replacement console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Replacement console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior -- from the west. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Room. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Building exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Left jamb. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Right jamb. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Toe studs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: from The Diapason, April 1928
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Scottish Rite Cathedral
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 696-B   1949   4 manuals, 62 stops, 75 ranks
    ___________________________________________________________________________________
    
                GREAT ORGAN (* enclosed)               SWELL ORGAN
            16' Open Diapason         73           16' Bourdon               73
             8' Principal Diapason    73            8' Open Diapason         73
             8' Second Diapason       73 *          8' Gedeckt               73
             8' Grossflote            73 *          8' Clarabella            73
             8' Melodia               73 *          8' Salicional            73
             8' Erzähler Celeste II  134 *          8' String Celeste II    146
             4' Octave                61            4' Octave                73
             4' Harmonic Flute        61 *          4' Chimney Flute         73
             2' Fifteenth             61            2' Flageolet             61
                Mixture V            305               Mixture IV           244
            16' Ophicleide  (10" wp)  73 *         16' Posaune     (7½" wp)  73
             8' Tuba        (10" wp)  73 *          8' Cornopean   (7½" wp)  73
             4' Clarion     (10" wp)  73 *          8' Oboe                  73
                Cathedral Chimes      EC            8' Vox Humana            73
                Celestial Harp        61 bars *     4' Clarion     (7½" wp)  73
                                                       Tremolo
                CHOIR ORGAN
            16' Gamba                 73               PEDAL ORGAN
             8' Open Diapason         73           32' Bourdon               32
             8' Concert Flute         73           32' Resultant             --
             8' Dulciana              73           16' Open Diapason         32
             8' Unda Maris (TC)       61           16' Metal Diapason        GT
             4' Flute d'Amour         73           16' Violone               32
             2' Piccolo               61           16' Bourdon               12
             8' Clarinet              73           16' Lieblich              SW
             8' Orchestral Oboe       73           16' Contra Gamba          CH
             8' English Horn          73            8' Major Flute           12
                Tremolo                             8' Viol                  12
                                                    8' Gedeckt               12
                SOLO ORGAN (10" wind)               8' Gamba                 CH
             8' Stentorphone          73            8' Dolce Flute           SW
             8' Orchestral            73           32' Bombarde              32
             8' Gamba Celeste II     146           16' Trombone    (15" wp)  32
             4' Rohrflöte             61           16' Contra Posaune        SW
             8' Tuba Mirabilis (15")  73            8' Tromba                12
             8' French Horn           73            4' Clarion               12
                Tremolo (for 10" wind)                 Cathedral Chimes      EC
                Celestial Harp        GT
     
                ECHO ORGAN
             8' Chimney Flute         73
             8' Spitz Flute Cel II   134
             8' Vox Angelica II      134
             4' Traverse Flute        61
             8' Vox Humana            73
                Tremolo
                Cathedral Chimes      25 bells
     
                STAGE ORGAN (added 1949 as Op. 696-B)
             8' Diapason              61
             8' Dulciana              61
             8' Flute                 61
             4' Flute Harmoniqe       61
     
                STAGE PEDAL (added 1949 as Op. 696-B)
            16' Bourdon               12 STG
     
                BALCONY ORGAN (added 1949 as Op. 696-B)
             8' Diapason              61
             8' Dulciana              61
             8' Flute                 61
             4' Flute Harmoniqe       61
     
                BALCONY PEDAL (added 1949 as Op. 696-B)
            16' Bourdon               12 BAL
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-09-22]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: from The Diapason, April 1928 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.