The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
16 E. Van Buren Street
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017

OHS Database ID 23578.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
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 June 28, 2017.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Two manuals. 4 divisions. 14 stops. 21 registers. 16 ranks. 1067 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 movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard (not AGO standard dimensions). Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • 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:
    Extant; slightly altered; console moved. (Database Manager. May 10, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- Ken Holden made the console movable. Also, a light has been added to the music rack. Otherwise the instrument is original as installed in 1929. The Echo division speaks from the northeast side of the gallery. (Database Manager. August 19, 2010)
  • Updated by John Speller, who has heard or played the organ.
    Old photographs in church show that the casework was retained from the previous organ -- Wm. Johnson & Son Op. 524 of 1879, though the facade pipes have lost their stencils and are now bronzed. (Steven E. Lawson. June 28, 2017)

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Nave Interior, Altar, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Nave Interior, Altar, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Altar and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Pipe Facades. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Console. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Console. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Nave and Balcony. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Echo Chamber Grillework. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17
Church Exterior. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2010-08-17

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  • Stoplist from The Erzähler, August 1993, written by Jonathan Ambrosino
    Battle Creek, Michigan
    St. Thomas Episcopal Church
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 788   1929         2 manuals, 14 stops, 16 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN (5" wind)                  SWELL ORGAN (6" wind)
         16' Bourdon              17 PED         8' Diapason             73
          8' Diapason             73             8' Rohrflöte            73
          8' Rohrflöte            SW             8' Salicional           73
          8' Salicional           SW             8' Voix Celeste         73
          8' Voix Celeste         SW             4' Flute Triangulaire   73
          4' Octave               73           III  Mixture             183
          4' Flute                SW             8' Trumpet              73
                                                 8' Oboe                 73
             ECHO ORGAN (5" wind)                   Tremolo
          8' Chimney Flute        61
          8' Vox Humana           61                PEDAL ORGAN (5" wind)
             Tremolo                            16' Diapason             32
             Chimes               25 tubes      16' Bourdon              32
                                                 8' Octave               12
                                                 8' Gedeckt              12
                                                    Chimes               EC
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-07-08]