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LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church
107 LaGrave Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 33800.

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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 August 17, 2018.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 24 stops. 29 registers. 27 ranks. 1696 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, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Identified 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:
    Dedication recital played by Alyce Lantinga on March 31, 1943; enlarged in 1960 and 1977; replaced in 1995 by Austin, #2765. (Database Manager. March 12, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma: the organ was purchased by using $12,000 given by Anna Maris, the church's first organist. A service of dedication was held March 31, 1943. Seymour Swets directed the choir, Dr. Edward Masselink gave the dedicatory address, and Alyce Lantinga played the organ. (Database Manager. June 10, 2010)
  • Updated by Chad Boorsma. The organ was as large as possible given the size of the chamber in the northwest corner of the Sanctuary. In fact, a few of the larger pipes were installed beneath the platform (information from the church's 100th anniversary book). (Steven E. Lawson. April 6, 2018)
  • The organ was removed from the church's old sanctuary, enlarged by Casavant, and reinstalled in 1960 in the new sanctuary on the same property. The last service in the old sanctuary was the evening worship service on May 31, 1959 (information from the church's 100th anniversary book). (Chad Boorsma. August 17, 2018)

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Church Exterior. Church Archival Photograph (ca. 1950); image courtesy of Chad Boorsma
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Chamber Grillework. Church Archival Photograph (ca. 1945); image courtesy of Chad Boorsma
Choir, Console, and Chamber Grillework. Church Archival Photograph (ca. 1945); image courtesy of Chad Boorsma

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Stoplist

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company   Opus 1042   1942   3 manuals, 24 stops, 27 ranks
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
               GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
            8' Open Diapason       61              16' Lieblich Gedeckt    73
            8' Bourdon             61               8' Geigen Diapason     73
            4' Octave Diapason     61               8' Chimney Flute       73
            4' Rohrflöte           61               8' Salicional          73
           II  Grave Mixture      122               8' Voix Celeste (TC)   61
               Chimes              pf               8' Flauto Dolce        73
                                                    4' Octave Geigen       73
               CHOIR ORGAN                        III  Plein Jeu          183
            8' Concert Flute       73               8' Trompette           73
            8' Dulciana            73               8' Oboe                73
            8' Unda Maris (TC)     61                  Tremolo
            4' Koppelflöte         73
        2 2/3' Nazard              61                  PEDAL ORGAN
            2' Piccolo             61              16' Principal           32
            8' Clarinet            73              16' Bourdon             32
               Tremolo                             16' Gedeckt             SW
            8' Harp (TC)           pf               8' Octave Diapason     12
            4' Celesta             pf               8' Flute               12
                                                    8' Gedeckt             SW
                                                    4' Choralbass          12
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-07-07]
    
    
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