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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
101 Trinity Dr.
Streator, Illinois

OHS Database ID 49918.

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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 June 25, 2019.
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Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons.


  • Identified through online information from Andrew Schaeffer. -- The original organ, built by Kilgen in 1954 was originally installed in chancel chambers. In 1984, as part of the centennial celebrations for the church, the organ was relocated to the back gallery and many tonal and mechanical revisions were carried out by Schneider. When Schneider could no longer fulfill the contract, Berghaus was contracted to complete the organ with further tonal changes in 1985. The case was built by Schneider and the console shell is Kilgen. Dr. Paul Bunjes, music professor at Concordia University Chicago (River Forest) and author of "The Praetorius Organ" contributed to the Berghaus design.
    Interesting side note: Holy Trinity is considered to be the first Slovak Lutheran Church in the United States. It's original white frame building, constructed in 1884 still stands, fully restored at the other end of town. It contains a large reed organ by an obscure Chicago builder. (Database Manager. June 30, 2012)
  • Updated by Richard Schneider, the builder. The organ not being completed is an erroneous comment. It was completed as intended but the organist at the time "did not like the organ" because it was so radically different from what he was accustomed-to. The changes by Berghaus were largely to re-configure the Great (originally divided C & C# on the flanking cases) into the Center case with the Swell behind it, rather than the Center being just the Swell alone. As a cost-containing measure, no combination action was provided for the organ (preparation only), but was to be added at a later time. That proved to be a regrettable, fatal decision in retrospect. (Thurlow Weed. June 25, 2019)

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Organ Case. Archival source not identified by contributor: Richard Schneider
Center Organ Case during shop construction. Archival source not identified by contributor: Richard Schneider
"C" Side Casework during shop construction. Archival source not identified by contributor: Richard Schneider
Center Case. Archival source not identified by contributor: Richard Schneider

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  • Stoplist taken from the console
    Streator, Illinois
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    Kilgen Organ Company, St. Louis, Missouri 1954
    Schneider Organ Company, Kenney, Illinois, 1984 (new case and relocation to Gallery)
    Berghaus Organ Company, Bellwood, Illinois, 1985 (new tonal design
    16' Holzbordun
    8' Principal
    8' Pommer
    4' Octave
    4' Spillfloete
    2 2/3' Nazat
    2' Offenfloete
    1 3/5' Terz
    IV Mixture
    8' Trompete
    Sw. to Gt. 8'
    8' Holzgedackt
    8' Gamba
    8' Celeste
    4' Spitzprincipal
    4' Rohrfloete
    2' Blockfloete
    1 1/3' Klein Nasat
    III Scharf
    8' Chalumeau
    16' Subbass
    16' Holzbordun
    8' Offenbass
    8' Holzbordun
    4' Choralbass
    II Mixturbass
    II Rauschbass
    16' Bassoon
    8' Bassoon
    4' Rohr Schalmei
    Gt. to Ped. 8' 
    Sw. to Ped. 8'
     [Received from Andy Schaeffer 2012-07-02.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from the console Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.