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St. Matthew Lutheran Church
2101 West 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 50517.

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Status and Condition

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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 October 21, 2012.
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Technical Details


  • Rebuild of an existing organ. Identified by T. Daniel Hancock, using information found in The Stopt Diapason, August 1982. -- The Stopt Diapason, August 1982, reports that the organ had been significantly modified by 1965, and that the Berghaus rebuild of 1970 was essentially a new instrument, with new manual chests, added pedal chests, new action with aluminum trackers up to the rollerboards, and mostly new pipework. The original Pedal Subbass 16' was retained, as were the speaking and dummy facade pipes (probably intended for a later addition of a 16' Prinzipal in the Pedal), the case, and some pedal chests. "The walkboards have been made out of the tables of old chests. The Hauptwerk (bottom manual) keyfronts are straight; the Chor keyfronts are chamfered. The stopjambs are original and may have been respaced, with the original shanks now furnished with new drawknobs." (Database Manager. October 21, 2012)

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  • Friesen, Michael D.. "St Matthew's Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois, Berghaus, 1970, Using Parts of a c. 1878 Jackson," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 3, No. 4, [August 1982], pp. 8-9).

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Keydesk and Facade. Archival source not identified by contributor: John Hallman 2001-09-23
Organ in Rear Gallery. Archival source not identified by contributor: John Hallman 2001-09-03

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  • Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1982)
          St. Matthew Lutheran Church
          Chicago, Illinois
          Jackson Organ Co., 1878
          Rebuilt Berghaus Organ Co., 1970
          OHS ID: 50517
          HAUPTWERK         CHOR                 PEDAL
        8 Prinzipal       8 Holzgedackt          blank knob
        8 Rohrflote       8 Gemshorn          16 Subbass
        4 Octave          8 Gemshorn Celeste   8 Octav
        4 Spillflote      4 Prinzipal          8 Gemshorn
    2-2/3 Quinte          4 Rohrflote          4 Choralbass
        2 Octav           2 Gemshorn           2 Mixtur IV
    1-3/5 Terz        1-1/3 Klein Nasat       16 Posaune
    1-1/3 Mixtur IV       1 Scharff III        4 Trompete
        8 Trompete        8 Krummhorn            Haupt. to Pedal
          Chor to Haupt.    Tremulant            Chor to Pedal
    [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2012-10-22]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1982) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.