The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
4800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201


OHS Database ID 27238.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 30, 2010.
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Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 77 stops. 62 registers. 96 ranks. 5204 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. 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 on-line information from Douglas W. Craw. -- Fifteen ranks from the 1923 Austin and 1951 Casavant organs were reused in the Pilzecker after having been rescaled and revoiced. (Database Manager. July 26, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- Utilized ornate shell of 1951 Casavant console (Database Manager. July 3, 2008)
  • Updated through on-line information from Charles Kennedy. -- There is one omission from the printed stoplist: The Swell division has a 4' Clairon. (Database Manager. December 30, 2010)

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Nave wall and main organ case. Photograph by Ray Ahrens 2010-02-28
Main organ case, closer view. Photograph by Ray Ahrens 2010-02-28
Gallery organ case. Photograph by Ray Ahrens 2010-02-28
Solo division facade. Photograph by Ray Ahrens 2010-02-28
Hooded Trumpet. Photograph by Ray Ahrens 2010-02-28
Cathedral interior and organ case. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1994-05-19
Cathedral interior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1994-05-19
Console using 1951 Casavant console shell. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1994-05-19

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  • Stoplist taken from console 2/28/2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral
    D.F. Pilzecker & Co. (1992, Opus 123)
    Great:                      Swell:                    Couplers:
       16’ Principal              16’ Bourdon                GT/PED
        8’ Principal I-II          8’ Diapason               SW/PED
           Flute Harmonique           Bourdon                POS/PED
           Rohrflote                  Viole de Gambe         BOM/PED
        4’ Octave                     Voix Celeste           GAL/PED 
           Spillflote              4’ Octave          
    2 2/3’ Nazard                     Flute Octaviante       SW/GT  16’ 8’
        2’ Octave                  2’ Flageolet              POS/GT 16’ 8’   
           Gemshorn                1’ Sifflute               BOM/GT 16’ 8’ 4’
    1 3/5’ Tierce                     Mounted Cornet V       SW/POS 16’ 8’
           Mixture IV-VI              Plein Jeu IV-VI        BOM/POS16’ 8’ 4’
           Scharf IV              32’ Contre Basson          GAL/GT-POS-BOM
       16’ Trompete               16’ Basson
        8’ Trompete                8' Trompette
        4’ Trompete                   Hautbois
                                      Voix Humaine
                                   4' Clairon
                                      Octaves Graves
    Positiv:                     Bombarde:                 Gallery Manual:
        8’ Principal               8’ Diapason               8’ Open Diapason
           Quintadena                 Flute Harmonique       4’ Principal
           Gedeckt Flote              Dulciana               2’ Fifteenth
        4’ Octave                     Unda Maris II             Mixture IV-V
           Waldflote               4’ Octave                    8 blank knobs
    2 2/3’ Nazard                  2’ Octave
        2’ Octave                     Grand Jeu V-VIII
    1 3/5’ Tierce                  8’ Trumpet              Gallery Pedal:
    1 1/3’ Larigot                    Clarinet (SW)
           Scharf V-VI                Hooded Tuba               7 blank knobs 
        8’ Trompete                   Solo Trumpet (GAL)
        4’ Schalmei
           Octaves Graves        Pedal:
                                  32’ Contre Bourdon        32’ Contre Bombarde
                                  16’ Open Wood                 Contre Basson
                                      Principal Bass        16’ Bombarde
                                      Subbass                   Basson
                                      Bourdon (SW)              Posaune
                                   8’ Octave Bass            8’ Trompette
                                      Open Flute                Trompete
                                      Gedeckt Bass              Hautbois
                                      Hohlflote              4’ Clarion
                                   4’ Octave
                                   2’ Nachthorn
                                      Mixture VI
    [Received on line from Ray Ahrens March 23, 2010.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from console 2/28/2010 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.