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St. Philip's Episcopal Church
204 West 134th Street
New York City: Manhattan (Harlem), New York 10031

OHS Database ID 35382.

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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 June 10, 2008.
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Technical Details

Three manuals. 41 stops. 30 registers. 36 ranks. 2219 pipes.

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:
    Rebuild of existing organ. Austin console in 1967. Tonal changes in 82-87 by Steven Empson; roof of church collapsed due to snow in 1996. (Database Manager. June 10, 2008)
  • The organ at St. Philip's Church was contracted to the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company in 1950 and installed in 1952 as Opus 1208. G. Donald Harrison supervised the design and installation, which was a rebuild of the previous 1943 Hillgreen, Lane & Co. organ. Aeolian-Skinner reused most of the pipes and the console from the Hillgreen, Lane organ. Of special note is the ivory plate with G. Donald Harrison's signature, which has been retained on the present console. The "Trompette en chamade" stop located above the West End entrance was the first installation of a horizontal reed in New York City, predating by two years the famous State Trumpet installed in 1954 at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Voiced on 5" of wind, the trumpet stop was to be part of the Great division in the chancel, but its chest and pipes were moved to the West End at some point by Aeolian-Skinner. In 1967, a new drawknob console by Austin Organs was installed. Tonal changes were made by Steven Empson between 1982-87. In 1996, the chancel ceiling collapsed and caused significant damage to the organ; repairs are being made as funding becomes available. Around 2005, the Trompette en chamade was trampled as workers repaired the window at the West End; these pipes were restored in 2007. (Jeff Scofield. November 30, 2019)

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Church interior. Photograph by Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Church exterior. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
            New York, New York
            St. Philip's Episcopal Church
    
            Aeolian-Skinner   Op. 1208   1950   3/36
            ___________________________________________________________
    
            GREAT                               SWELL
        16' Quintaton            61          8' Geigen Principal     68
         8' Principal            61          8' Holzgedeckt          68
         8' Gemshorn             61          8' Viole de Gambe       68
         8' Holzflöte            61          8' Viole Celeste        56
         4' Octave               61          8' Flute Celeste II     pf
         4' Doppelflöte          61          4' Principal            68
        II  Grave Mixture       122          4' Waldflöte            68
    III-IV  Fourniture          208        III  Plein Jeu           183
            Sub                              8' Trompette            68
            Unison Off                       8' Voix Humaine         68
            Super                            4' Hautbois             68
            Chimes               pf             Tremulant
         8' Trompette-en-Chamade 61             Sub
         4' Clairon-en-Chamade   12             Unison Off
                                                Super
            PEDAL
        32' Resultant            --             CHOIR
        16' Principal            32          8' Concert Flute        68
        16' Bourdon              pf          8' Dulciana             68
        16' Quintaton            GT          8' Unda Maris           56
        16' Contra Viole         12 SW       4' Montre               68
        16' Holzgedeckt          12 SW       4' Rohrflöte            68
         8' Principal            32      2 2/3' Nazard               61
         8' Holzgedeckt          SW          2' Flageolet            61
         4' Choralbass           12          8' Clarinet             68
        16' Bombarde             32             Tremulant
         8' Trompette            12             Sub
         4' Clairon              12             Unison Off
            Chimes                              Super                      
         8' Trompette-en-Chamade GT          8' Trompette-en-Chamade GT
                                                Harp                 pf
    
           [Received online from Jeff Scofield December 28, 2013]
         
  • Click Here Stoplist from Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.