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Church of the Messiah, Episcopal
47 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, New York 12572

OHS Database ID 2546.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition Unknown.

Technical Details

Tubular pneumatic key action [vacuum]. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 26 stops. 24 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 1988. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored by John Randolph. Historic Organs Recital 6 Nov 1988. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Online update from Russel Oliver -- Console restoration to original condition by Oliver Pipe Organ Company in 2004. Plaster and some water damage in organ chambers, awaiting further restoration. One stop changed (Aeoline swapped out for 4' Principal on Swell), but original pipes and rackboard preserved by John Randolph - church anticipates undoing the alteration to return organ to original specs. (Database Manager. October 3, 2005)
  • Updated 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:
    Extant; unaltered; donated to the church by Vincent Astor; refurbished by John Randolph in 1988. (Database Manager. January 4, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Andrew Kryzak. (Database Manager. January 5, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from John Elwood. (Database Manager. September 17, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Joseph Bertolozzi. (Database Manager. March 11, 2010)

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  • From Lynnwood Farnam Collection, Curtis Institute of Music, via Jonathan Bowen; and Joseph Bertolozzi
    Rhinebeck, New York
    Church of the Messiah, Episcopal
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 323   1920      3 manuals, 26 stops, 24 ranks
            GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
         8' First Diapason      61             16' Bourdon             73
         8' Second Diapason     61              8' Diapason            73
         8' Waldflöte           61              8' Gedeckt             73
         4' Flute Harmonique    61              8' Salicional          73
            Chimes (added 1930)                 8' Voix Celeste        73
                                                8' Aeoline             73
            CHOIR ORGAN                         4' Flute               73
         8' Concert Flute       73              2' Flautino            61
         8' Dulciana            73            III  Mixture            183
         4' Flute               73              8' Cornopean           73
         8' Tuba                73              8' Vox Humana          73
         8' English Horn        73                 Tremolo
            PEDAL ORGAN                            Swell to Pedal 8, 4
        16' Diapason            32                 Great to Pedal 8
        16' Bourdon             32                 Choir to Pedal 8
        16' Echo Bourdon        SW                 Swell to Great 16, 8, 4
         8' Octave              12                 Choir to Great 16, 8, 4
         8' Gedeckt             12                 Swell to Choir 16, 8, 4
         8' Still Gedeckt       SW                 Great to Great 4
            Chimes              GT                 Swell to Swell 16, 4
                                                   Choir to Choir 16, 4
            Swell 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)                PEDAL MOVEMENTS
            Great 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)                Balanced Swell Pedal
            Choir 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)                Balanced Choir Pedal
            Pedal 1-2-3-4-5 (toe)                  Crescendo Pedal
                                                   Great to Pedal Reversible
                                                   Sforzando Reversible
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-11-26]