The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church
Oakland, California

OHS Database ID 39017.

Status and Condition

The organ is no longer at this location, and is presumed destroyed, dispersed or relocated.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 17, 2019.

Technical Details

Two manuals. 3 divisions.


  • Identified through on-line information from Jim Lewis. -- Two-manuals. Recessed console with drawknobs in vertical rows on each side of the keyboards. Tall 16' case in a gallery at the front of the auditorium. (Database Manager. February 6, 2009)
  • Updated through on-line information from Vincent Ho. -- This is the area of Oakland once referred to as 'Brooklyn.' The church is no longer Presbyterian, but Baptist: Grace Mission Baptist Church. The pastor told me that when they moved in (70s?), the organ was dismantled and destroyed, and the only thing left is the front. I was even allowed to go behind the auditorium to examine the organ, and all it seemed to have are the 16' pipes that served as the facade. Without those big pipes, it will make the auditorium looks odd as there will be a huge hole at the front of the auditorium. They don't have any organs. (Database Manager. March 10, 2010)
  • Updated through on-line information from Vince Ho. -- Dismantled and destroyed when church was sold. (Database Manager. March 11, 2010)
  • Updated by Jim Lewis, who has heard or played the organ.

    This organ was not destroyed. In 1912, it was sold to St. Boniface Catholic Church in San Francisco. (Stephen Hall. April 17, 2019)

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Chancel and Organ Case. Jim Lewis Collection, courtesy of Jim Lewis (c.1889)

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  • Original document from Jim Lewis.. Source: Oakland Evening Tribune May 22, 1877
    Oakland, CA
    First Presbyterian Church
    Organ by  Bevington & Sons
    8  Open Diapason
    8  Dulciana
    8  Claribel
    4  Principal
    4  Flute Harmonic
    2 2/3 Twelfth
    2  Fifteenth
    8  Trumpet
    8  Bassoon  ]
    8  Clarionet]
    16 Stopped Diapason Bass] 
    16 Double Diapason      ]
    8  Open Diapason
    8  Bell Gamba
    8  Lieblich Gedeckt
    4  Principal
    4  Wald Flute
    2 2/3 Twelfth
    2  Fifteenth
    8  Oboe
    16 Open Diapason (wood)
    16 Open Diapason (metal)
    8  Violone
    Swell to Great 16, 8, 4
    Great to Pedal 8
    Swell to Pedal 8
  • Click Here Original document from Jim Lewis.. Source: Oakland Evening Tribune May 22, 1877 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.