The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. Church
908 Broadway
San Francisco, California 94133

OHS Database ID 5214.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 97, 1988-06-21.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 15, 2012.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 27 stops. 25 registers. 29 ranks. 1589 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

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


  • Status Note: There 1988 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From First Unitarian Society, San Francisco, 1912. Installed here by Louis Schoenstein. In 1993 church was slated to be closed, and new home being sought for organ. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- Three-sectional facade with 19 stenciled pipes arranged: 5-9-5. The terraced stopjambs are angled-out in the French manner. The Pedal 16' Op. Diap. forms the upper sides of the case. (Database Manager. July 5, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Michael Kirchanski. -- The organ has not been relocated to Portland, Oregon. It is still in the choir loft of the church in pretty much the condition when the church was closed in 1992. The key desk needs some attention as some of the keys had lost their ivory. The stop knobs have lost their labels. The pipe work, trackers, and sliders are all present and in apparently good condition. The instrument is not playable because the blower does not work. It may be electrically disconnected or has simply failed. The nave of the church has been converted into classrooms for St. Mary's Chinese School. As a result, the organ and original ceiling are hidden by the false ceilings of the classrooms. The only access is by way of the staircase to the choir loft. Once in the choir loft the original ceiling, stain glass windows, and organ are visible. The organ has been covered by tarpaulins for the past 10 or 15 years. Prior to the closing of the church, Schoenstein Organ Builders had carefully maintained the instrument. As a result, there is little pipe damage. The interior of the case is fairly free of dust. There is no apparent water or insect damage. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has found a buyer for the building; however the buyer is not interested in the organ. So, anyone willing to remove, restore, and reinstall the instrument in another location should be easily able to obtain it from the Archdiocese. The contact for the Archdicese is Mr. Les McDonald - (415)292-0800, Ext 2. (Database Manager. October 8, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Timothy Tikker. -- As of July 2012 this organ must be removed from the church within the next 4-5 weeks! A suitable new home is needed for it immediately! (Database Manager. July 15, 2012)

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Organ Case. Image from the 1988 OHS Convention Booklet (and submitted by Timothy Tikker)

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  • Stoplist from 1988 OHS Convention booklet, p. 35, & several personal visits before then

  • San Francisco, California
    Our Lady of Guadelupe Roman Catholic Church
    Hook & Hastings opus 1380, 1888
    Leo F. Schoenstein, Jr.,   1912
    (NB: nomenclature is conjectural in most cases because the majority of stop knob faces are missing.)
    GREAT (manual I)           pipes:
    16' Op. Diap.              58 (low 6 stopped wood, rest open metal)
     8' Op. Diap.              58 
     8' Melodia                58 
     8' Salicional (or Gamba)  58
     8' Dulciana               58
     4' Octave                 58
     4' Flute d'Amour          58 (wood, bored stoppers; top 22 open metal)
     3' Twelfth                58
     2' Fifteenth              58
     2' Mixture III           174
     8' Trumpet                58
    SWELL (manual II; expressive)
    16' Bourdon Bass           12 (unenclosed)
    16' Bourdon Treble         46
     8' Op. Diap.              58
     8' St. Diap.              58
     8' Quintadena             58
     8' Viola                  58
     4' Flute harmonique       58 (open wood Melodia; open metal top trebles)
     4' Violina                58
     2' Flautino               58
     2' Dolce Cornet III      174
     8' Cornopean              58 (harmonic treble)
     8' Bassoon                12
     8' Oboe                   46
    16' Op. Diap.              27
    16' Bourdon                27
     8' V'cello                27
    Composition of GT and SW Mixtures:
       C    15 19 22
       c'   12 15 19
       f#"   8 12 15
    Gt. to Ped.
    Sw. to Ped.
    Sw. to Gt.
    Sw. to Gt. 8va
    The organ is still at its original High Pitch (a'=c.452 Hz)
    Bellows signal (missing knob)
    wind indicator
    Pedal movements:
    6 fixed combinations as unlabled pedals:
    Gt. piano, mezzo, forte; Swell piano, mezzo, forte
    balanced Swell pedal
     [Received from Timothy Tikker 2012-07-09]