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Roosevelt High School
1410 NE 66th St.
Seattle, Washington 98115

Auditorium

OHS Database ID 25759.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 20, 2009.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Two manuals. 2 divisions. 7 stops. 24 registers. 7 ranks. 583 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.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ originally cost $3,100.00 and was a gift of the Class of 1940 as a memorial to the first principal, Mr. V. K. Froula. The high school is undergoing a major redesign and renovation, and the organ was removed and placed in sealed contaners in a Seattle School District storage facility. The organ was rather desperately in need of rebuilding. The rocker tablets for the couplers had begun to warp, crack, and disintegrate. And the drawknobs weren't far behind. Some of the other console controls had been removed. The Swell had damaged pipework. And regulator leather was dry and flaking. A group called Friends of Roosevelt High School Froula Memorial Organ is trying to raise $115,000.00 for the rebuilding and reinstallation of the organ. Its fate is presently (April 2007) undetermined. (Database Manager. April 10, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The School Dist. agreed to pay for prepared chamber space for the organ if funding for its rebuild could be raised elsewhere. Private donations and a very generous gift from the Seattle Chapter of the AGO have made this a reality. The School Dist. also provided the shop space at the former Lincoln High School for the rebuilding, enlargement, and set-up of the organ. The Moller was delivered to Lincoln H.S. from storage in Sept. 2008 and has been under reconstruction and enlargement by the Pipe Organ Foundation of Mercer Island, WA. Reinstallation at Roosevelt H.S. is scheduled for the summer of 2009. (Database Manager. June 20, 2009)

Online Documents

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  • Roosevelt High School. Typed Specification. Author: James R. Stettner Source: 8 1/2 x 11 typed. Document Date. Unknown. Document received from James R. Stettner 2018-05-04.

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Photographs

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Console. Photograph by William J. Bunch 1950-10-10
Console. Photograph by William J. Bunch 1950-10-10
Great chamber grille. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1992-11-06
Great pipework. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1992-11-06
Great Gemshorn basses. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1992-11-06
Great chimes. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1992-11-06
Swell pipework (l-r): 8' Oboe, 8'/4' Salicional, 16' - 2' Gedeckt. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1992-11-06

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Stoplist

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  • Typed Specification. Source: from James R. Stettner
    Seattle, Washington
    Roosevelt High School
    
    M.P. MÖLLER, Opus 6861, 1940 - Original Specifications
    
    
    GREAT (Expressive)                           COUPLERS
      8     Open Diapason              73          Swell to Pedal                [8],4
      8     Claribel Flute             73          Great to Pedal                [8],4
      8     Gemshorn                   61
      4     Octave                     12          Swell to Great             16,[8],4
      4     Flute                      12
      4     Gemshorn                   12
      2 2/3 Gemshorn                    7        FINGER PISTONS
      2     Gemshorn                    5          Full Organ                    1 - 4
      1 3/5 Gemshorn                   –-          Swell & Pedal                 1 - 4
      8     Trumpet                    73          Great & Pedal                 1 - 4
            Tremulant
    
            Chimes  (Maas; A22-f42)  (21)
            Blank                                TOE STUDS
    
                                                   Gr. to Ped. Rev.              (rev)
      Great 16                                     To Set Combons
      Unison Off
      Great 4             
                                                 SWITCHES (Pistons in Gt. keyslip)
                                                   Stage Expression          On / Off
    SWELL (Expressive)
      16    Lieblich Gedeckt           12    
      8     Stopped Diapason           61        PEDAL MOVEMENTS
      8     Salicional                 61          Swell Expression            (bal.)
      4     Lieblich Flöte             12          Great Expression            (bal.)
      4     Viol                       12          Crescendo                   (bal.)
      2 2/3 Twelfth                     7
      2     Piccolo                     5
      8     Oboe                       73
            Tremulant
            Blank      
            Blank
    
    
    
      Swell 16
      Unison Off
      Swell 4                                    ACTION: E-P Pitman & Unit
    
                                                 STOPS: 7
    PEDAL (Expressive)
      16    Diapason             (Gt)  12        REGISTERS: 24; inc. chimes
      16    Lieblich Gedeckt     (Sw)  –-
      8     Open Diapason        (Gt)  –-        RANKS: 7
      8     Stopped Diapason     (Sw)  –-
      8     Salicional           (Sw)  –-        PIPES: 583
    
    
    NOTES
    This organ was a gift of the Class of 1940 as a memorial to the first beloved Principal,
    Mr. Vaclav Karel Froula. V.K. A subsequent Principal, Mr. Cecil Bullock, would play
    weekly organ concerts before school.
    
    The organ was installed in two chambers on either side of the stage arch. Concrete grilles
    fronted the chambers (and limited tonal egress). The Great was on the left and the Swell
    on the right. The Swell division had an addition set of expression shutters which faced
    onto the stage and were made available or not by the use of On/Off pistons in the Great
    key slip.
    
    
    The console sat in fixed position at the front of the auditorium at the left edge of the
    stage with the organist facing across the front of the room – stage to the left and aud-
    ience to the right.
    
    
    When the high school underwent a major interior renovation in the early 2000s, no provision
    for the re-installation of the organ was made. The Seattle School Board agreed that they
    would pay for funds for the creation of chambers if the funds required for its rebuilding
    could be raised elsewhere. The Friends of the Roosevelt High School Froula Memorial Organ
    was established and $115,000.00 was raised for the rebuilding and enlargement of the organ
    for installation in the new theatre. The old auditorium became the library.
    
    
    Sources: Möller opus list; James R. Stettner, extant organ (before removal)
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: from James R. Stettner Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.