The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
55 East Wacker Drive (at Wabash Avenue)
Chicago, Illinois 60601

OHS Database ID 35778.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
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 16, 2010.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 45 stops. 57 registers. 59 ranks. 3316 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • 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:
    Installed in 1968; extant; unaltered. (Database Manager. July 3, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Randell Franklyn Busby. -- Visually stunning exposed pipework, in a stunning late 60-s era Brutalist architecture style building. As with all Christian Scientist churches, console hidden at the base of the elevated readers desk (pulpit). While undeniably proud of the instrument, the woman with whom I spoke specifically mentioned the challenges (cost) of maintaining an instrument of such size and significance with a small, and shrinking, congregation. If there is an "endangered organs" list, this instrument deserves to be placed on that list. (Database Manager. June 16, 2010)
  • Console rebuilt by Fabry after a flood in the church's basement in 2002 ruined the combination action. (Jeff Scofield. August 18, 2018)

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Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2010-11-14
Sanctuary interior angle. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2010-11-15
Church exterior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2010-11-15

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  • From Allen Kinzey via Aeolian-Skinner Archives web site
    Chicago, Illinois
    Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1450   1967   3 manuals, 45 stops, 59 ranks
               GREAT ORGAN                               SWELL ORGAN
           16' Violone               61               8' Flûte à Cheminée     61
            8' Principal             61               8' Viola Pomposa        61
            8' Holzgedeckt           61               8' Viola Celeste        61
            8' Gemshorn              61               8' Flauto Dolce         61
            4' Octave                61               8' Flute Celeste (TC)   49
            4' Rohrflöte             61               4' Montre               61
            2' Blockflöte            61               4' Bourdon Harmonique   61
           IV  Fourniture           244           2 2/3' Nasat                61
          III  Cymbal               183               2' Nachthorn            61
           16' Fagott                61           1 3/5' Terz                 61
            8' Trompete              61              IV  Plein Jeu           244
                                                     16' Hautbois             61
               CHOIR ORGAN                            8' Trompette            61
           16' Gedeckt               61               4' Rohrschalmei         61
            8' Prestant              61                  Tremulant
            8' Pommergedeckt         12
            8' Erzähler              61                  PEDAL ORGAN
            8' Erzähler Celeste (TC) 49              32' Soubasse             32
            4' Principal             61              16' Principal            32
            4' Spillflöte            61              16' Soubasse             12
            2' Octave                61              16' Violone              GT
        1 1/3' Quint                 61              16' Gedeckt              CH
            1' Sifflöte              61               8' Octave               32
           IV  Mixtur               244               8' Spitzflöte           32
            8' Krummhorn             61               8' Gedeckt              CH
            4' Regal                 61               4' Choralbass           32
               Tremulant                              4' Blockflöte           32
            8' Trompette             GT              IV  Mixture             128
                                                     32' Kontra Fagott        12 GT
                                                     16' Bombarde             32
                                                     16' Fagott               GT
                                                     16' Hautbois             SW
                                                      8' Trompette            12
                                                      4' Clairon              12
                                                      4' Fagott               GT
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2013-11-14]
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via Aeolian-Skinner Archives web site Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.