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Larkin Company
Buffalo, New York

Administration Building

OHS Database ID 45259.


Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 8, 2018.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 8 divisions. 90 stops. 112 registers. 100 ranks. 6557 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.

Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through information in List of More than 5200 Moller Pipe Organs (Hagerstown, Maryland. M. P. Möller, 1928). (Database Manager. October 31, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield -- The Larkin Building was designed in 1904 by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1906 for the Larkin Soap Company, the premier direct mail order house of its time. The innovative design features included one of the earliest forms of air-conditioning, built-in desk furniture and somewhat hazardous-sounding "suspended toilet bowls." It also featured stained-glass windows and skylighted work areas. The 100-rank Möller was installed at a cost of $90,000 on the upper level at one end of the central court and the ornate console was located in a shallow pit on the main floor. It was "built of Genuine Mahogany, suitably carved and panels lined with White Holly or White Mahogany." The very tall console also housed the Solo Symphonist roll mechanism. By the late 1930's, business had fallen off considerably. In 1939, the main floor was remodeled extensively to house a retail operation. The building was foreclosed upon in 1945 and the organ removed and dispersed around that time. The organ was rumored to have been sold to a local organbuilder; parts stamped 4335 showed up in that company's organs for a number of years. The building was demolished in 1950. (Database Manager. February 1, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. February 3, 2012)
  • Updated by Vince Harzewski

    Link to Tracker article in Bibliography is dead. Full issue is available here: https://organhistoricalsociety.org/downloads/tracker/public/recent/2014-58-2.pdf (Stephen Hall. December 8, 2018)

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Console. Moller promotional photo, collection of Jim Lewis 1925-03-21

Pipe organs in New York sponsored by Foley-Baker, Inc.

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from the factory specifications via the OHS Archives
            Buffalo, New York
            Larkin Company Administration Building
    
            Möller   Op. 4335   1925   4/100
            _______________________________________________________________
    
            GREAT  7" & 12"                    SWELL  6"
        16' Double Diapason    61          16' Contra Viole              73
        16' Tibia Clausa       61          16' Bourdon                   73
         8' 1st Diapason       61           8' Diapason Phonon           73
         8' 2nd Diapason       61           8' Open Diapason             73
         8' 3rd Diapason       61           8' Violin Diapason           73
         8' 4th Diapason       61           8' Gedeckt                   73
         8' Gross Flute        73 12"       8' Flauto Dolce Celeste II  146
         8' Gross Gedeckt      73 12"       8' Harmonic Flute            73
         8' Fern Flute         73           8' Viole d'Orchestre         73
         8' Flute Celeste II  146           8' Viole d'Orchestre Celeste 61 
         8' Violoncello        73           8' Salicional                73
         8' Cello Celeste      73           8' Salicional Celeste        73
         8' Gemshorn           73           8' Viole d'Gamba             73
         8' Gemshorn Celeste   73           8' Viole d'Gamba Celeste     61
     5 1/3' Solo Flute         61       5 1/3' Gemshorn                  61
         4' Octave             73           4' Principal                 73
         4' Flute Harmonic     73           4' Violina                   73
     2 2/3' Twelfth            61           4' Rohr Flute                73
         2' Fifteenth          61       2 2/3' Flute 12th                61
         V  Cornet            305           2' Flageolet                 61
        16' Double Trumpet     61 12"       V  Dulciana Mixture         305
         8' Trumpet            12 12"      16' Posaune                   73
         8' Tromba             73 12"       8' Cornopean                 73
         4' Clarion            73           8' Oboe                      73
            Tremulant                       8' Vox Humana                73
            Sub                             4' Clarion                   73
            Unison Off                         Tremulant
            Super                              Sub
            Chimes             25              Unison Off
            Harp               61              Super
            Celesta                            Chimes                    GT
         8' Grand Piano           a            Orchestral Bells          49
         4' Grand Piano           a            Glockenspiel              49
    
            GREAT CHORUS (prepared)            SWELL CHORUS
         8' Choral Diapason                 8' Choral Diapason
         8' Violin II             15"       8' Violin II
         8' Cello II                        8' Cello II
         8' Tibia Plena           15"       8' Tibia Plena
         8' Major Tibia Clausa    15"       8' Major Tibia Clausa
         4' Suabe Flute           15"       4' Suabe Flute
     2 2/3' Salicional Quint            2 2/3' Salicional Quint          
         2' Solo Piccolo                    2' Solo Piccolo
         8' Harmonic Tuba         15"       8' Harmonic Tuba
         8' Harmonic Trumpet      15"       8' Harmonic Trumpet
         8' English Post Horn     15"       8' English Post Horn
         8' Major Vox Humana      15"       8' Major Vox Humana
            Tremulant                          Tremulant
            Marimba                            Marimba
            Marimbaphone                       Marimbaphone
            Orchestral Bells                   Orchestral Bells
            Glockenspiel                       Glockenspiel
    
            GREAT DUPLEX (from Choir)          SWELL DUPLEX (from Solo
         8' Concert Flute                   8' Philomela                 
         8' Flute Celeste                   8' Gross Gamba
         8' Dulciana                        8' Gross Gamba Celeste
         4' Flute d'Amour                   8' Major Violin
         8' French Horn                     4' Hohl Pfeife
         8' Orchestral Oboe                 8' French Trumpet
         8' Musette                         8' Cor Anglais
            Tremulant                          Tremulant
    
            PEDAL                              CHOIR  6"
        64' Gravissima         --          16' Quintadena                73
        32' Double Diapason    32 7" b      8' English Diapason          73
        32' Contra Bourdon     32 6"        8' Geigen Principal          73
        16' 1st Diapason       32 7"        8' Concert Flute             73
        16' 2nd Diapason       32 7"        8' Flute Celeste             61
        16' 3nd Diapason       GT           8' Quintadena                73
        16' Violone            32 6" c      8' Mezzo Violin              73
        16' Contra Viole       SW           8' Violin Celeste            61
        16' Tibia Clausa       GT           8' Dulciana           unison 73 *
        16' Bourdon            12           8' Unda Maris           flat 73 *
        16' Lieblich Gedeckt   SW           8' Dulciana Celeste    sharp 73 *
    10 2/3' Quint               7           8' Unda Maris      more flat 73 *
         8' Octave Bass        12           8' Dulciana Cel   more sharp 73 *
         8' Bass Flute          5           4' Flute d'Amour             73
         8' Gross Gedeckt      GT           4' Dulciana                  73
         8' Cello              GT       2 2/3' Nazard                    61
         4' Flute              GT           2' Harmonic Piccolo          61
        32' Bombarde           32 20"   1 3/5' Tiercena                  61
        16' Trombone           32 20"   1 1/3' Larigot                   61
        16' Posaune            SW           V  Etheral Dulciana           * d
        16' Tuba Profunda      SO           8' French Horn               73 12"
        16' Trumpet            GT           8' Clarinet                  73 
         8' Tromba             GT           8' Musette                   73 12"
         8' Tuba Mirabilis     SO           8' Orchestral Oboe           73 12"
         4' Tuba Clarion       SO              Tremulant
            Chimes             GT              Sub
        16' Piano              GT              Unison Off
         8' Piano              GT              Super
                                            8' Harp                      GT
            PEDAL CHORUS (prepared)         4' Harp
        16' Open Diapason      
        16' Bourdon                            SOLO  12"
         8' Tibia Plena                     8' Stentorphone              61
         8' Flute                           8' Philomela                 61
         8' Cello                           8' Tibia Clausa              61
        16' Tuba                            8' Gross Gamba               61
         8' Tuba                            8' Gross Gamba Celeste       61
                                            8' Major Violin              61
                                            4' Hohl Pfeife               61
                                           16' Tuba Profunda             73
                                            8' Tuba Mirabilis            12
                                            8' French Trumpet            61
                                            8' Major Vox Humana          61
                                            8' Cor Anglais               61
                                            4' Tuba Clarion              12
                                               Tremulant
                                               Sub
                                               Unison Off
                                               Super
                                               Marimba                   49
                                               Marimbaphone
    
         a  Chickering Ampico Grand Piano - largest size
         b  Old Myerstown pipes
         c  large bell scale like Macon
         d  To be scaled and voiced like the similar stops at West Point
    
           [Received online from Jeff Scofield Fevruary 2, 2012]
  • Click Here Stoplist from the factory specifications via the OHS Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.