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Calvary Lutheran Church
7002 23rd Ave. NW
Seattle, Washington 98117

OHS Database ID 24909.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been removed from this location and is currently in storage.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 20, 2014.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Two manuals. 1 divisions. 5 stops. 32 registers. 5 ranks. 365 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. No combination action. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Originally a theatre organ built by Smith-Geneva for the Renton Hall Theatre in Renton, Washington. Ca. 1951, moved to First Presbyterian in Renton. 1960, moved to their new edifice with 2 ranks added. Then, here. (Database Manager. December 4, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The congregation merged with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seattle and placed the building for sale. A developer has purchased the property and the church will be torn-down and new homes built. The organ was removed by Puget Sound Pipe Organs of Seattle on Sunday, December 30 and Monday, December 31, 2012. (Database Manager. December 31, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The Trumpet rank from this organ has been installed in the Hauptwerk division of the Silbermann-inspired gallery organ at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Townsend, Washington. The 1960 Balcom and Vaughan console from this organ has been attached to the 1951 Moller (Op. 8267) installed at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Marysville, Washington by Puget Sound Pipe Organs in October, 2014. (Database Manager. November 20, 2014)

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  • Original document from James R. Stettner.. Source: Stoplist copied from the console December 30, 2012
    Seattle, Washington
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    SMITH-GENEVA, 1925
    Balcom and Vaughan, Opus 679, 1960 - Moving & Enlargement
    Richard Warburton, 1971 - Moving & Reinstallation
    GREAT (Expressive)              SWELL (Expressive)              PEDAL (Expressive)
       16    Open Diapason             16    Bourdon                   16    Bourdon
       8     Open Diapason             8     Open Diapason             16    Gedeckt
       8     Gedeckt                   8     Gedeckt                   8     Open Diapason
       8     Salicional                8     Salicional                8     Flute
       8     Dulciana                        blank                     8     Cello
       4     Octave                    8     Dulciana                  5-1/3 Quint
       4     Flute                     4     Flute                     4     Octave
       4     Salicet                   4     Salicet                   2     Super Octave
       4     Dulcet                    2-2/3 Nazard                    8     Trumpet
       2-2/3 Twelfth                   2     Piccolo
       2     Fifteenth                 8     Trumpet
       8     Trumpet                         Tremolo
       16    Open Diapason             (Gt)  --  Tenor C. From the 8' Open Diapason.
       16    Bourdon               (Sw/Ped)  12  Extension of the 8' Gedeckt.
       16    Gedeckt                  (Ped)  --  Same as the 16' Bourdon. Notes 1-12 on
                                                    soft wind.
       8     Open Diapason      (Gt/Sw/Ped)  61
       8     Gedeckt                (Gt/Sw)  61
       8     Flute                    (Ped)  --  Same as the 8' Gedeckt.
       8     Salicional             (Gt/Sw)  61    
       8     Cello                    (Ped)  --  Same as the 8' Salicional.
             Blank                               Formerly controlled the 8' Voix Celeste. 
       8     Dulciana               (Gt/Sw)  --  Tenor C. From the 4' Dulcet.
       5-1/3 Quint                    (Ped)  --  From the Open Diapason unit.
       4     Octave                (Gt/Ped)  12  Extension of the 8' Open Diapason.
       4     Flute                  (Gt/Sw)  12  Extension of the 8' Gedeckt.
       4     Salicet                (Gt/Sw)  12  Extension of the 8' Salicional.
       4     Dulcet                    (Gt)  61
       2-2/3 Twelfth                   (Gt)  --  From the Open Diapason unit. Notes 55 -
                                                    61 from the 2-2/3' Nazard.
       2-2/3 Nazard                    (Sw)   7  Extension of the 8' Gedeckt.
       2     Fifteenth                 (Gt)  --  From the Open Diapason unit. Notes 50 -
                                                    61 from the 2' Piccolo.
       2     Super Octave             (Ped)  --  From the Open Diapason unit. 
       2     Piccolo                   (Sw)   5  Extension of the 8' Gedeckt. 
       8     Trumpet            (Gt/Sw/Ped)  61  Harmonic. 
             Tremolo                   (Sw)      Affects the entire instrument.
             Chimes                    (Gt) (21) Maas. Compass: tenor a thru f 42.
    Open Diapason      Gedeckt            Salicional         Dulcet             Trumpet
       73 pipes           97 pipes           73 pipes           61 pipes           61 pipes
       Expression               (bal.)
       Crescendo                (bal.)
    This organ was created from a 1925 Smith-Geneva built for the Renton-Hall Theatre in
    Renton, Washington. The original organ was 2-manuals and 4-ranks. The original four
    ranks seem to have been: Open Diapason, Flute, “string” (marked “Vio”), and likely a
    Vox Humana.
    The organ was moved in 1951 to the First Presbyterian Church at 107 Main St. in Renton
    by Arthur D. Longmore and Charles Allen. It was installed "as is" without tonal changes,
    and with the original console. It was 2-manuals and 4-ranks with 27 speaking stops.
    In 1960, Balcom and Vaughan moved the organ to the congregation's new building at 2640
    Benson Rd. S. as their opus 679 with 2 ranks added – an 8' Voix Celeste and an 8'
    Trumpet. They replaced the original console with a new B&V console. The disposition of
    the original console is unknown.
    In 1971, the organ was relocated to Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Ballard by Richard
    Warburton - at which time he removed the added celeste rank, reducing the organ to 5
    ranks. It existed at this location until December 31, 2012.
    In 2008, the Calvary Lutheran congregation merged with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in
    North Ballard on 80th Street, and placed the Calvary building for sale. It wasn't
    purchased until 2012, and the developer who bought the property intended to raze the
    church and construct new homes in this residential neighborhood.
    The organ was removed from the chamber on Sunday, December 30, 2012 by Michael Way and
    Jim Stettner of Puget Sound Pipe Organs, assisted by parishioner Nelson Miller. The
    organ was removed from the church to the PSPO shop on Camano Island the following day.
    The windchests are almost entirely original to the Smith-Geneva except for a few 12-note
    offset chests added by Balcom and Vaughan in 1960. The original Smith-Geneva regulator
    was present but had been replaced by a new Organ Supply Industries regulator. The Open
    Diapason may be original. Notes 1-24 of the 16' Bourdon are original Smith-Geneva, but
    from 4' c and upward the pipes were new Organ Supply stopped wood pipes of a smaller
    scale. The original Smith-Geneva pipes from 4' c and upward were likely an open wood
    flute. The 8' Salicional is original and the pipes are stamped “Vio.” Pipes 1 – 5 are
    actually canistered Quintadena pipes with box beards. The 8' Trumpet was new in 1960
    and has 49 reeds and 12 open metal trebles. It is a harmonic Trumpet. The expression
    louvers were used Wurlitzer and were not removed from the chamber. The blower was also
    not salvaged.
    Sources: Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. I by David L. Junchen;
             Eugene M. Nye compilation; Balcom and Vaughan files; extant organ
    Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)
    7002 23rd Ave. NW
    Seattle,  WA. 98117
    (206) 783-3930                               Documented: December 30, 2012
  • Click Here Original document from James R. Stettner.. Source: Stoplist copied from the console December 30, 2012 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.