The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational Church
540 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90020

Gallery Organ

OHS Database ID 23704.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 1, 2015.

Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 132 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Non-traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. 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:
    Additions to E. M. Skinner Opus 856 (1931) with new console connecting Gallery Schlicker and Chancel Skinner. (Database Manager. May 16, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Douglas W. Craw. -- The present Schlicker instrument in the gallery is Schlicker's "magnum opus" and does not include any Skinner pipework. It was originally 132 ranks and was augmented in the early 90s (as was the Skinner in the chancel) by Richard Meunch and Robert David who also constructed the 2 divisions in the transepts to create the mammoth combined instrument of 364 ranks that exists today. (Database Manager. August 1, 2015)

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Organ; photo from Schlicker promotional materials. Digital image by James R. Stettner 2008-12-01

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