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St. Philip's Episcopal Church
New York City: Manhattan (Harlem), New York

OHS Database ID 35383.

Status and Condition

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Technical Details

Three manuals.


  • 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:
    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
Console and nave to rear. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Trompette-en-Chamade. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Console center. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Left Stopjamb. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Right Stopjamb. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09
Church exterior. Photograph via Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project
            New York (Harlem), New York
            St. Philip's Episcopa Church
            Hillgreen, Lane              1943
            Aeolian-Skinner   Op. 1208   1952   3/36
            Steven Empson         1982 - 1987   3/35
            GREAT                               SWELL
        16' Quintaton            61          8' Geigen Principal      68
         8' Principal            61          8' Holzgedeckt           68
         8' Holzflöte            61          8' Viole de Gambe        68
         8' Bourdon              61          8' Viole Celeste         56
         4' Octave               61          8' Flute Celeste II    prep
         4' Doppelflöte          61          4' Principal             68
        II  Grave Mixture       122          4' Waldflöte             68
    III-IV  Fourniture          232        III  Plein Jeu            183
            Sub                              8' Trompette             68
            Unison Off                       8' Vox Humaine [sic]     61
            Super                            4' Hautbois              68
         8' Trompette-en-Chamade 61             Tremulant
         4' Clairon-en-Chamade   12             Sub
            Chimes                              Unison Off
        32' Resultant            --
        16' Principal            32          8' Concert Flute         68
        16' Bourdon            prep          8' Dulciana              68
        16' Holzgedeckt          12 SW       8' Unda Maris            56
        16' Contra Viole         12 SW       4' Montre                68
        16' Quintaton            GT          4' Rohrflöte             68
         8' Principal            32      2 2/3' Nazard              prep
         8' Holzgedeckt          SW          2' Flageolet             61
         4' Choral Bass          12          8' Clarinet              68
        16' Bombarde             32             Tremulant
         8' Trompette            12             Sub
         4' Clairon              12             Unison Off
         8' Trompette-en-Chamade GT             Super
            Chimes               GT          8' Trompette-en-Chamade  GT
                                                Harp                prep
            Blank                               Blank
                  [Received from Jeff Scofield November 30, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.