The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Residence: William F. Raskob - Irisbrook / Raskob Foundation
10 Monchanin Road
Greenville, Delaware 19807

Headquarters of the Raskob Foundation

OHS Database ID 24680.

See the address on Google Maps.

Awards

This organ was presented Historic Pipe Organ Award number 416 on 2015-06-01 and received the designation Organ of Historical Significance. An image of the award certificate may be seen here.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 13, 2015.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 3 divisions. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Tilting/rocking tablets on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Concave radiating pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud.

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:
    Aeolian-Skinner Opus 887-X2, added to Aeolian Op. 1722 as choir organ. (Database Manager. November 16, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Paul W. Harris. -- The organ is in good original condition. Currently volunteer members of the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society maintenance crew are working to repair the organ to playing condition. A complete restoration is not intended. That which cannot be made playable will be conserved for future restoration. (Database Manager. November 23, 2008)
  • From Paul Harris: As of July, 2009 Swell organ is completely playable; pedal organ is 90% playable; work is continuing on the great and choir organs. (James Cook. July 30, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Paul W. Harris. -- As of July, 2010 all of the organ pipework is playable and the organ was professionally tuned for the first time in over fifteen years. The crescendo and sforzando are operational, but the combination action cannot be restored due to missing components. A short concert was presented on the instrument at the September, 2010 annual meeting of the Raskob Foundation. Currently, the 61-note harp is being rebuilt due to extensive insect damage to the felt components. Restoration of the Duo Art Player mechanism and the Steinway Duo Art piano are outside the scope of this project. (Database Manager. December 30, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from Paul W. Harris. -- As of December 2011 the 61-note harp is now playable at 8’ pitch as the "Harp" register and at 4’ pitch as the "Celesta" register. These stops are available on all three manual divisions. The Celesta is played with all dampers off the tone bars. The chests were rebuilt off-site and all damaged components were replaced with new materials. All pipework and the harp and chimes are now playable utilizing rebuilt original switch stacks. The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society Organ Crew will continue to provide routine maintenance on this instrument. (Database Manager. December 27, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Paul W. Harris. -- The restoration of the organ is now complete. The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society Organ Crew will continue to maintain the organ on a regular basis. The organ is played weekly by several organists. (Database Manager. March 10, 2014)
  • Updated through online information from George W. Bayley. -- The organ is in Irisbrook, the William Raskob mansion that now is the headquarters of the Raskob Foundation. I play this organ every Thursday and it is just down the street from where we live, 242 Presidential Drive, Greenville 19807-3312. I recorded a CD on the organ for the Raskob Foundation the summer of 2012. It is playable but now is quite our of tune. It is OK mechanically, however. (Database Manager. February 13, 2015)

Online Documents

Clicking on a link will open the document in a new window or tab. Documents may include drawings, contacts, correspondence, newspaper articles, or any other printed, hand-written, or digital-format material that is not either a photograph or a stoplist.

  • Aeolian-Skinner to William E. Raskob. Letter regarding addition to existing organ.. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 27, 1938.
  • History and Description: Overview. Submitted as an attachment to the Historic Organ Award application. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 6, 2013.
  • Stoplist. Submitted as an attachment to the Historic Organ Award application. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 6, 2013.
  • Rank Location, Pipe Counts, Chest Assignments. Submitted as an attachment to the Historic Organ Award application. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 6, 2013.
  • Attic Relay Board Maps. Submitted as an attachment to the Historic Organ Award application. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 6, 2013.
  • Winding Schematic. Submitted as an attachment to the Historic Organ Award application. Author: Author not identified Document Date. May 6, 2013.

If you can provide us with additional documents, please follow this link to our document upload form to send them to us.

Related Database Entries

As a matter of best practice, we maintain separate entries each time an organ is modified or relocated. Click a link to go to descriptions of other phases in this instrument's life.

Other Websites

The database contains no links to external websites that describe this organ. If you know of any sites that contain information about it, please use the Update form to send us the URL.

Photographs

Click on a thumbnail to see the larger image in a new tab.


Music Room Interior and Console. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Console. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Left Stop Controls (Swell and Pedal). Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Right Stop Controls (Great and Choir). Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Console. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Pedalboard, Swell Pedals, and Toe Studs. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Rear Console Interior. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Choir Pipework. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Swell Pipework. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Great Pipework. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Pedal Bourdon, Harp, and Chimes. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Windchest Label. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Attic Relay Sticks. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Attic Key Relay. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Attic Combination Machine. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24
Building Exterior. Photograph by Paul Harris 2012-04-24

If you can provide us with additional photographs, you may upload them through our online form. For further information please see our expectations for adding photographs.

 

Stoplist

When they are available, stoplists for organs are included in the Database. To make corrections in stoplists that you see here, please send details via e-mail to stoplists@pipeorgandatabase.org rather than submitting a new stoplist through our online form.

  • Stoplist taken from the console July, 2009

  • Raskob Foundation Pipe Organ
    William Raskob Residence - Irisbrook
    Aeolian Opus 1722 / Aeolian-Skinner Opus 887-X2
    Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
    
    Stop List
    
    SWELL
    
    Oboe 8’
    Vox Humana 8’
    Swell Unison Release
    Swell 16’
    Swell 4’
    Tremolo
    String F Vibrato 8’
    String F 8’
    String P Vibrato 8’
    String PP 8’
    Flute 4’
    Flageolet 2’
    Chimes
    Harp 8’
    Celesta 4’
    Flute 16’
    Diapason 8’
    Spanish Flute 8’
    
    GREAT
    
    Tremolo
    Great 16’
    Great 4’
    Great Unison Release
    Clarinet 8’
    Trumpet 8’
    Flute 4’
    String P 8’
    String F 8’
    Flute P 8’
    Flute F 8’
    Diapason 8’
    Celesta 4’
    Harp 8’
    Chimes
    Piano 8’
    
    
    CHOIR
    
    Tremolo
    Choir 16’
    Choir 4’
    Choir Unison Release
    French Horn (STOP TAB Replaced)
    Vox Humana 8’
    Chimney Flute 8’
    Flute 4’
    Nazard 2 2/3’
    Piccolo 2’
    Flute Celeste 8’
    Voix Celeste 8’
    Harp P/F
    Chimes P/F
    Celesta 4’
    Harp 8’
    Chimes
    Piano 8’
    
    PEDAL
    
    Piano 16’
    Piano 8’
    Chimes
    Diapason 16’
    Flute F 16’
    Flute P 16’
    Flute F 8’
    Flute P 8’
    
    COUPLERS
    
    Great to Pedal 8’
    Swell to Pedal 8’
    Choir to Pedal 8’
    Great to Pedal 4’
    Swell to’ Pedal 4’
    Choir to Pedal 4’
    
    Swell to Great 16’
    Swell to Great 8’
    Swell to Great 4’
    Choir to Great 16’
    Choir to Great 8’
    Choir to Great 4’
    Swell to Choir 16’
    Swell to Choir 8’
    Swell to Choir 4’
    
    TOE STUDS
    Choir to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal
    Great to Pedal
    Pedal 1
    Pedal 2
    Sforzando
    
    SWELL SHOES
    
    Great and Choir
    Swell
    Crescendo
    
    
     [Received from Paul W. Harris 2011-12-27.]
  • Stoplist taken from the console July, 2009 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.