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Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91101

OHS Database ID 25337.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 16, 2015.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 97 stops. 86 registers. 111 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is on a lift.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Installation of the former 1905 Murray Harris Echo Organ in the rear of the sanctuary with some new pipes and a new façade. Made possible by special gifts given by John and Elizabeth Herrick; and also by Herb and Elizabeth Hezlep, whose support made possible the addition of a Trompette en chamade stop in the re-installed Echo organ. Several foundations also contributed to the organ endowment fund; a very generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation fulfilled the campaign goal of $350,000. The organ was releathered by Robert Turner in the summer of 2003 along with console renovations. The newly rebuilt instrument was formally rededicated in a recital and a special worship service on November 1 and 2, 2003. (Database Manager. February 27, 2007)
  • Updated through information from Doug Hezlep: -- It was not until the 2002-2003 period that the [installation of the entire organ in the new building ] was completed, the console rebuilt by Robert Turner reusing all the original woodwork and replica knobs, couplers, etc. and the organ renovated (mainly releathering, swell shade upgrading, facade stabilization, and the replacement of a few missing pipes (usually from 2' and shorter); the console retains the Aeolian-Skinner nameplate. Schantz reinstalled the echo with a new Trompette en Chamade in the gallery (James Cook. May 17, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Doug Hezlep. -- The organ's mechanical restoration in the 2002-2003 period was by Newton Pipe Organ Service; Robert Turner rebuilt the console but was otherwise not involved. The Schantz Company restored and reinstalled the echo organ with dummy flue pipes in the façade and a few replacement speaking pipes for ones that had been severely damaged during the long period of storage. Schantz also supplied the new copper Trompette en Chamade, which is installed with the echo but is a floating register. In the main instrument, the 32' Contre Bombarde (the "Contre" prefix was added at the time the console was rebuilt) has 3/4 length resonators rather than half-length. This was one of several such extensions that Mr. Whiteford experimented with in the late 1950s.
    The information regarding the organ's refurbishment and completion in the 1979 building came from direct conversations with the then director of music and a subsequent brochure published by the church. The information regarding the 32' reed extension came from the late Robert Prichard at the time the organ was being reinstalled in the new building. (Database Manager. February 16, 2015)

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Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Chancel. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Stage, console and exposed pipes. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Echo organ. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Left Stopjamb. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Right Stopjamb. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08
Church exterior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2012-08-08

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  • Stoplist from church web site
    Pasadena, California
    Pasadena Presbyterian Church
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1131-B   1961   4 manuals, 97 stops, 111 ranks
    Restored and enlarged by Schantz Organ Company (2003)
               GREAT ORGAN                               SWELL ORGAN
           16' Violone               61              16' Quintaton             68
            8' Principal             61               8' Geigenprinzipal       68
            8' Bourdon               61               8' Rohrflöte             68
            8' Gemshorn              61               8' Viole de Gambe        68
            4' Octave                61               8' Viole Celeste         68
            4' Flute Ouverte         61               8' Spitzflöte            68
        2 2/3' Quinte                61               4' Principal             68
            2' Super Octave          61               4' Cor de Nuit           68
            2' Blockflöte            61               2' Octavin               61
           IV  Fourniture           244             III  Plein Jeu            183
          III  Cymbel               183             III  Cymbale              183
           16' Fagot                 61              II  Sesquialtera         122
            8' Trompette en chamade  EC              16' Contre Trompette      68
               Chimes                SO               8' Trompette             68
                                                      8' Hautbois              68
               CHOIR ORGAN                            8' Voix Humaine          68
           16' Dulciana              68               4' Clairon               68
            8' Viola Pomposa         68                  Tremulant
            8' Singendgedect         68               8' Trompette en chamade  EC
            8' Flauto Dolce          68
            8' Flute Celeste         68                  SOLO ORGAN
            4' Prestant              68               8' Major Flute           68
            4' Koppelflöte           68               8' Violoncello           68
        2 2/3' Nazard                61               8' Violoncello Celeste   68
            2' Nachthorn             61               4' Orchestral Flute      68
        1 3/5' Tierce                61          VIII-X  Chorus Mixture       556
        1 1/3' Larigot               61               8' Trompette Harmonique  68
            1' Sifflöte              61               8' English Horn          68
           IV  Scharf               244               4' Clairon Harmonique    68
          III  Zimbel               183                  Tremulant
           16' Dulzian               68               8' Trompette en chamade  EC
            8' Cromorne              68                  Chimes                25 tubes
            4' Rohrschalmei          68
               Tremulant                                 PEDAL ORGAN
            8' Trompette en chamade  EC              32' Principal             27
                                                     32' Flute Ouverte         32
               ECHO ORGAN                            16' Contrebasse           32
            8' Principal             61              16' Octave                32
            8' Concert Flute         61              16' Bourdon               32
            8' Viole                 61              16' Violone               GT
            8' Viole Celeste         61              16' Quintaton             SW
            4' Prestant              61              16' Dulciana              CH
            4' Waldflöte             61               8' Principal             32
            2' Flautino              61               8' Gedecktpommer         32
           IV  Fourniture           244               8' Violone               GT
            8' Fagot                 61           5 1/3' Octave Quint          32
               Tremulant                              4' Choralbass            32
            8' Trompette en chamade  61 a             4' Nachthorn             32
                                                      2' Blockflöte            32
               ECHO PEDAL                           III  Fourniture            96
           16' Bourdon (ext EC)      12              II  Cymbale               64
           16' Fagot (ext EC)        12              32' Contre Bombarde       32
                                                     16' Bombarde              12
                                                     16' Contre Trompette      SW
                                                     16' Dulzian               CH
                                                      8' Trompette             32
                                                      8' Cromorne              CH
                                                      4' Clairon               32
                                                      4' Rohrschalmei          CH
                                                      2' Kornet                32
                                                         Chimes                SO
                                                      8' Trompette en chamade  EC
            a  Added 2003 by Schantz
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-06-15]
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