The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational Church
Ovid, Michigan

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 49080.


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 May 14, 2019.


Technical Details

Tubular pneumatic key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 9 stops. 9 registers. 9 ranks. 518 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. December 20, 2011)
  • Updated by Judith Temple, listing this web site as a source of information: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2018/09/03/1872-church-ovid-mi/.

    Just saw this church on a real estate listing. One of the pictures shows the façade of the organ. Perhaps the realtor can provide more info? Church is now private residence. (Stephen Hall. December 26, 2018)
  • Updated by James R. Stettner. The current owner of the building wishes to sell the extant facade and keydesk, and it was posted for sale on Facebook's 'Pipe Organ Garage Sale' in May, 2019. The windchests, pipework, wind system, etc. had all been previously removed by an unknown person or firm at an undocumented date. (James Stettner. May 14, 2019)

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Photographs

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Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph by Allen Strauss; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1965-10-23
Church Exterior. Photograph by Allen Strauss; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1965-10-23
Church Exterior. Photograph by Allen Strauss; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1965-10-23
Organ at front of sanctuary. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-08
Facade and keydesk. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Keydesk and pedalboard. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Combination trundle actions. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Keydesk: Great stopjamb. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Keydesk: Swell stopjamb. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Keydesk: couplers over Swell manual. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Pedalboard, combination trundles, and Swell shoe. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11
Builder's nameplate. Photograph by Susan Green 2019-05-11

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from photos of the organ and keydesk
    Ovid, Michigan
    First Congregational Church
    
    W.W. KIMBALL CO, 1894 - Original Specifications
    
    
    GREAT                                       COUPLERS (Drawknob over Sw. Keys)
       8'   Open Diapason               61         Great to Pedal                     [8]
       8'   Melodia                     61         Swell to Pedal                     [8]
       8'   Dulciana                    61
       4'   Flute d'Amour               61         Swell to Great                     [8]
                                                   Sw. to Gr. Octaves            [4]
    
    SWELL (Expressive)
       8'   Std. Diapason               61      FOOT LEVERS (Unlabeled; l - r)
       8'   Salicional                  61         Swell Piano  -  8' SD, 8' Sal.   (d-a)
       4'   Flute Harmonic              61
       8'   Oboe & Bassoon              61         Swell Forte  -  8,8,4,8  [full]  (d-a)
            Tremolo
                                                   Great to Pedal                   (rev)
    
    PEDAL                                          Great Piano  -  8' Mel., 8' Dul. (d-a)
       16'  Bourdon                     30
            Pedal Check                            Great Forte  -  8,8,8,4  [full]  (d-a)
    
            Bellows Signal
                                                PEDAL MOVEMENTS
                                                   Swell Expression                (bal.)
    
    
    ACTION: T-P ventil       VOICES: 9        STOPS: 9        RANKS: 9        PIPES: 518
    
    
    NOTES
    The organ is installed at the front of the room. It is free-standing and encased with
    an attached keydesk covered by a lid which lifts to form a music rack. Stops are arranged
    in terraced jambs on either side of the keyboards. The façade contains 21 stenciled pipes
    arranged: 3-15-3, of which 9 were speaking – the remainders being dummy pipes.
    
    According to the Wikipedia article about the church, “In 1871, 22 people began Ovid's First
    Congregational Church with minister Reverend William Mulder. The next year, the congregation
    hired master carpenter George Fox to construct this building at the corner of High and Park
    Streets. In 1876, a bell was installed in the belfry. In 1899, with a growing congregation,
    the structure was moved to its current location and enlarged, adding a basement and two port-
    icoes. In 1843, the Congregational and Methodist churches merged, using both buildings until
    1972. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971 and listed on the National
    Register of Historic Places in 1972.  In 1979, this church became a private residence.”
    
    At an undocumented time, someone removed the windchests, pipes, reservoir, etc. leaving only
    the facade, pedalboard, and keydesk. Those remaining parts were available for sale by the
    owners in 2019.
    
    Sources: Facebook, email, and text correspondence with the building owners; photos
             of the casework, pedalboard, and keydesk with intact stop controls.
    
    
    First Congregational Church
    Ovid, Michigan
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from photos of the organ and keydesk Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.