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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
138 Tremont St. (Park Square)
Boston, Massachusetts 02111

OHS Database ID 27329.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
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 September 23, 2017.
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Technical Details

Three manuals. 6 divisions. 69 stops. 86 registers. 97 ranks. 5466 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed.

Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Leonardo A. Ciampa. -- In 1976 Andover Organ Company added their Op. 77 to the chancel. The Andover is a tracker instrument, however the console is a hybrid, playing both instruments electro-pneumatically. Playing condition (as of 2007): a fair amount of dead notes, especially in the Choir. However, organ is used often for services and concerts. (Database Manager. August 4, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Douglas W. Craw. (Database Manager. August 21, 2007)
  • 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:
    Replaced 1921 three manual Hook & Hastings, #2440; case altered; unaltered tonally. Switching and combination action replaced with solid state. Now playable from Andover Opus 77. (Database Manager. June 10, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Francis King-Smith. -- I am the current Music Director at St Paul's. The Aeolian Skinner was not in the greatest of condition, however it is currently being taken apart and stored while the Cathedral is renovated. It is the idea of the designers during this renovation to instate an elevator to the gallery where the organ console and pipework is housed. This will ruin the stereo image of the instrument for the organist, and quite possibly blur the image for the congregation.
    A fantastic instrument that needs some money spent on it. The fact you can connect it with the Andover is truly fantastic. (Database Manager. April 26, 2014)
  • Updated by jeffrey h smith, who has heard or played the organ.
    This terse statement is pasted directly from the Cathedral's Website:

    The Organ "The Aeolian-Skinner organ was dismantled during the Cathedral renovations and remains in storage while plans for its disposition are under way. Currently, music is provided by the Andover tracker organ located in the chancel."
    Call me paranoid, but I think the choice of the word disposition (root word: dispose ) is telling. Another major piece of Boston organ history headed out of town in the better-case scenario, parted out like a beef carcass and the remains throw on the ash heap in the worse. (Database Manager. September 23, 2017)

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Photographs

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Console left. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1990-06-29
Organ in rear gallery. Builders promotional brochure, courtesy of James R. Stettner (ca. 1950)
Center section of the exposed pipework. Builders promotional brochure, courtesy of James R. Stettner (ca. 1950)
View over the Positiv from inside. Builders promotional brochure, courtesy of James R. Stettner (ca. 1950)

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Episcopal
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1207   1952   3 manuals, 68 stops, 96 ranks
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    
                GREAT ORGAN                              SWELL ORGAN
            16' Contra Geigen      61                16' Flauto Dolce       68
             8' Diapason           61                 8' Principal          68
             8' Spitzflöte         61                 8' Holzgedeckt        68
             8' Holzflöte          61                 8' Viola da Gamba     68
             4' Octave             61                 8' Viola Celeste      68
             4' Rohrflöte          61                 8' Flauto Dolce       12
         2 2/3' Octave Quinte      61                 8' Flute Celeste      61
             2' Super Octave       61                 4' Fugara             68
         III-V  Cornet            269                 4' Flauto Traverso    68
         IV-VI  Fourniture        294                 2' Flageolet          61
           III  Scharf            183               III  Mixture           183
             8' Bombarde           61                IV  Acuta             244
             8' Krummhorn          BR                16' Ophicleide         68
             4' Clarion            12                 8' Trumpet            68
                Chimes                                8' Oboe               68
                                                      8' Vox Humana         61
                CHOIR ORGAN                           4' Clarion            68
            16' Quintaten          68                    Tremulant
             8' Violoncello        68
             8' Flûte à Cheminée   68                    PEDAL ORGAN
             8' Dolcan             68                32' Untersatz          32
             8' Dolcan Celeste     61                16' Contrebasse        32
             4' Prestant           68                16' Bourdon            12
             4' Lieblichflöte      68                16' Geigen             GT
         2 2/3' Nasard             61                16' Quintaten          CH
             2' Zauberflöte        61                16' Flauto Dolce       SW
         1 3/5' Tierce             61                 8' Octave             32
           III  Plein Jeu         183                 8' Gedecktpommer      32
            16' English Horn       68                 8' Geigen             GT
             8' Trompette          68                 8' Flauto Dolce       SW
             8' Clarinet           68             5 1/3' Quinte             32
             4' Rohrschalmei       68                 4' Super Octave       32
                Tremulant                             4' Waldflöte          32
             8' Bombarde           GT                 2' Blockflöte         32
             4' Clarion            GT               III  Mixture            96
                                                     IV  Fourniture        128
                BRUSTWERK                            32' Contra Ophicleide  12 SW
             8' Kupferbordun       61                16' Bombarde           32
             4' Principal          61                16' Ophicleide         SW
         2 2/3' Rohrnasat          61                16' English Horn       CH
             2' Spillflöte         61                 8' Trompette          32
         1 3/5' Terz               61                 8' Krummhorn          BR
        III-IV  Mixture           200                 4' Clarion            12
             8' Krummhorn          61                 4' Krummhorn          BR
                Tremulant                             2' Regal              CH
                                                         Chimes             GT
                RÜCKPOSITIV
             8' Nasonflöte         61
             4' Koppelflöte        61
             2' Oktav              61
         1 1/3' Larigot            61
             1' Sifflöte           61
           III  Zimbel            183
                Tremulant
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-09-23]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.