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First Presbyterian Church / Ecumenical Theological Seminary
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

OHS Database ID 27269.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 21, 2018.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 50 stops. 42 registers. 62 ranks. 3665 pipes. 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, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. 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 Douglas W. Craw. -- This was a major rebuild of a 1920s Casavant. The dedication program noted that "a few ranks from the former organ which were considered to be of special tonal value were retained: the fine old English Tuba and some solo strings and the ponderous and acoustically effective pedal Open Diapason". (Database Manager. July 28, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- This was a rebuild of Casavant's 1921 rebuild of a Farrand & Votey that was donated by church member Jacob S. Farrand. The church closed c.1991 and is being used only for meetings and concerts. (Database Manager. July 3, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- A 16-rank Positiv was prepared for; congregation merged into Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1992 and building leased to the Ecumenical Theological Seminary; in 2002, the Detroit Presbytery gave the seminary the buildings, land and endowments. (Database Manager. June 10, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from Rex Meabon. (Database Manager. February 21, 2011)
  • Updated by David Hufford, who maintains the organ.
    Several items of as-needed releathering and repair were completed in 2015 by Renaissance Pipe Organ Co. of Ann Arbor, and the organ was fully tuned in preparation for concerts. Organ remains extant and unaltered as of March 2018. (Steven E. Lawson. March 21, 2018)

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Sanctuary interior, chancel and organ grilles. Photograph from church booklet

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  • Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
           Detroit, Michigan
           First Presbyterian Church
           Casavant   Op. 2865   1965   4/62
           The stoplist is from the console specification dated
           November 10, 1964, and an Agreement dated the same date
           that details the work to be undertaken.
           GREAT                            CHOIR
       16' Quintaton           61        8' Principal          68
        8' Diapason            61        8' Cor de Nuit        68
        8' Bourdon             61        8' Melodia            68
        4' Octave              61        8' Unda Maris II     129
        4' Rohrflöte           61        4' Principal          68
    2 2/3' Quinte              61        4' Flûte d'Amour      68
        2' Fifteenth           61    2 2/3' Nazard             61
        V  Mixture            305        2' Blockflöte         61
        8' Trompete            61    1 3/5' Tierce             61
          (old revoiced)               III  Cymbal            183
           Chimes                        8' Clarinet           68
           SWELL                            Sub
        8' Salicional          61           Unison Off
        8' Salicional Céleste  54           Super
        8' Gedackt             61
        4' Octave  (old)       61           POSITIV (prepared for)
        4' Spitzflöte          61       16' Gedackt
        2' Octavin (old)       61        8' Principal
      VII  Mixture            427        8' Rohrflöte
       16' Fagott     L/2      61        4' Octave
        8' Trompete            61        4' Koppelflöte
        8' Oboe (old revoiced) 61        2' Italian Principal
           Tremulant                 1 1/3' Nasat
           Sub                           1' Sifflöte
           Unison Off                   IV  Scharf
           Super                       III  Zimbel
                                         8' Krummhorn
           PEDAL                            Tremulant
       32' Resultant           --
       16' Open Diapason       32           SOLO
       16' Bourdon             32        8' Gross Gamba        68
       16' Quintaton           GT        8' Viole d'Orchestre  68
       16' Gedackt             PO        8' Viole Céleste      61
        8' Principal           32        4' Prestant           68
        8' Flute               32        4' Rohrflöte          68
        8' Violon              32       IV  Fourniture        244
        4' Principal           12        8' Tuba               68
       IV  Mixture            128           Tremulant
       32' Kontraposaune  L/2  12           Unison Off
       16' Posaune             32           Super
        8' Trompete            12
        4' Clarion             12
    [Received on line from Jeff Scofield June 10, 2010.]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the factory specifications Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.