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Ascension Episcopal Church
36 Fifth Avenue at 10th Street
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10011

OHS Database ID 23714.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 14, 2017.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 61 stops. 70 registers. 69 ranks. 4251 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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:
    Rebuild of Geo. S. Hutchings, #388 which had been rebuilt by Steere in 1912 reusing thirty-four ranks; replaced by Holtkamp in 1966; Solo retained; Echo division sold to St. Paul's, Chestnut Hill, PA, #724. (Database Manager. May 16, 2006)
  • In 1931, the Skinner Organ Company of Boston rebuilt and enlarged the 1912 J. W. Steere & Son organ, itself a rebuild of the original chancel organ built in 1895 by George S. Hutchings. Skinner added a Solo division in a new chamber on the right side, and an Echo division in a gallery chamber. Tone openings of the chancel divisions were masked by pipe screens. The four-manual drawknob console was in a shallow pit and attached to the case on the left side of the chancel. The Skinner organ was replaced in 1967 by a new Holtkamp organ that retained five of the Solo stops (Flauto Dolce, Flute Celeste, English Horn, French Horn and Orchestral Oboe), plus the old Swell Vox Humana and Choir Clarinet. The Echo division was sold to St. Paul's Church, Chestnut Hill, Penn. The console was removed by James McGregor, organ curator from 1949-2009, and sold to Douglas Pennoyer, Bernardsville, N.J. In 1983, the console was acquired by Robert Lockridge, who renovated it by replacing the removed combination action, swell shoes, etc. (Jeff Scofield. December 11, 2019)

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Church exterior. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project 2009-08-04
Console. Photograph by Steven E. Lawson 1934-09-09

Pipe organs in New York sponsored by Foley-Baker, Inc.

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: from Factory Specification, courstey Larry Trupiano
    New York City, New York
    Church of the Ascension, Episcopal
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 860   1931         4 manuals, 61 stops, 69 ranks
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    
              GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
          16' Diapason            61              16' Bourdon             61
           8' First Diapason      61               8' Diapason            61
           8' Second Diapason     61               8' Hohlflöte           61
           8' Third Diapason      61 *             8' Salicional          61
           8' Doppel Flute        61               8' Viole               61
           8' Gemshorn            61               8' Viole Celeste       61
           8' Flute Harmonique    61 *             8' Quintdena           61
           8' Viol d'Amour        61 *             4' Viole               61
           4' Octave              61               4' Flauto Traverso     61
           4' Harmonic Flute      61               2' Flautino            61
       2 2/3' Twelfth             61 *             V  Mixture            305 *
           2' Fifteenth           61              16' Posaune             61 *
           V  Harmonics          305 *             8' Cornopean           61 *
              Chimes              SO               8' Oboe                61
                                                   8' Vox Humana          61
              CHOIR ORGAN                          4' Clarion             61 *
          16' Dulciana            61                  Tremolo
           8' Diapason            61
           8' Melodia             61                  ECHO ORGAN
           8' Keraulophone        61               8' Cor de Nuit         61 *
           8' Aeoline             61               8' Echo Dulcet         61 *
           8' Unda Maris          61               8' Echo Dulcet Celeste 61 *
           4' Flute d'Amore       61               4' Fern Flute          61 *
           2' Piccolo             61               8' Vox Humana          61 *
           8' Clarinet            61                  Tremolo
              Tremolo                                 Chimes (old organ)  25 tubes
           8' Harp (TC)           --              
           4' Celesta             61 bars             PEDAL ORGAN
              Chimes              EC              32' Bourdon             12
                                                  16' First Diapason      30
              SOLO ORGAN                          16' Second Diapason     30
           8' Diapason            73 *            16' Violone             30
           8' Gross Flute         73              16' Bourdon             30
           8' Orchestral Flute    73 *            16' Dulciana            30 *
           8' Flauto Dolce        73 *        10 2/3' Quinte              --
           8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61 *             8' Octave              12
           8' Gamba               73 *             8' Gross Flute         12
           8' Gamba Celeste       73 *             8' Violoncello         12
           4' Chimney Flute       73 *             8' Gedeckt             12
          16' English Horn        73 *             4' Fifteenth           12 *
           8' Tuba                73 *            16' Trombone            30 *
           8' French Horn         73 *            16' English Horn        SO
           8' English Horn        73 *             8' Tromba              12 *
              Tremolo                                 Chimes              SO
              Chimes              25 tubes *
           8' Harp (TC)           --
           4' Celesta             61 bars
    
           *  new stops
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-12-14]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: from Factory Specification, courstey Larry Trupiano Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.