The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Central Presbyterian Church
3829 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

OHS Database ID 35734.

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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 July 23, 2012.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 28 stops. 42 registers. 39 ranks. 2311 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 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:
    Replaced Kilgen; dedication recital played by Robert M. Speed on September 13, 1964; Trompette en Chamade added by M. P. Möller in 1980; one reed added by Trivo in 1982; solid-state combination action installed in 1993 by John Hansen. (Database Manager. July 3, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Richard C Greene. (Database Manager. July 23, 2012)

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Chancel, and pipes in cantilever. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-02-17
Pipes in cantilevered chest. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-02-17
Antiphonal pipes in back of room. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-02-17

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  • Stoplist from The Diapason, August 1964
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Central Presbyterian Church
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1421   1961   3 manuals, 28 stops, 39 ranks
               GREAT ORGAN                               SWELL ORGAN
           16' Quintaton           61                16' Rohrbordun         68
            8' Principal           61                 8' Rohrflöte          12
            8' Bourdon             61                 8' Viola              68
            8' Flute Celeste II    CH                 8' Viola Celeste (GG) 61
            4' Octave              61                 4' Principal          68
            4' Spitzflöte          61                 4' Flute Harmonique   68
            2' Fifteenth           61                 2' Octavin            61
        III-V  Fourniture         251                IV  Plein Jeu         244
               Chimes                                16' Hautbois           68
                                                      8' Trompette          68
               CHOIR ORGAN                            4' Hautbois           24
            8' Cor de Nuit         61                    Tremulant
            8' Flauto Dolce        61
            8' Flute Celeste (TC)  49                    PEDAL ORGAN
            4' Fugara              61                16' Contre Basse       32
            4' Koppelflöte         61                16' Rohrbordun         SW
        2 2/3' Nazard              61                16' Quintaton          GT
            2' Blockflöte          61                 8' Principal          12
        1 3/5' Tierce              61                 8' Rohrflöte          SW
          III  Zimbel             183                 8' Quintaton          GT
            8' Cromorne            61                 4' Choralbass         12
               Tremulant                            III  Mixture            96
                                                     16' Contre Trompette   12 SW
                                                     16' Hautbois           SW
                                                      8' Trompette          SW
                                                      8' Cromorne           CH
                                                      4' Cromorne           CH
                                                         Chimes             GT
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-07-31]
  • Click Here Stoplist from The Diapason, August 1964 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.