Bosco Technical Institute
OHS Database ID 52799.
Status and Condition
The organ has been destroyed and is no longer extant.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 20, 2014.
Electric key action. Electric stop action.
Two manuals. 12 ranks.
Manual compass is 61 notes.
Pedal compass is 32 notes.
Horseshoe style console.
Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
Adjustable combination pistons.
Combination action thumb pistons.
- Identified through online information from Frank Sele. -- A relocated pipe organ, originally built by M.P. Möller in 1930, identified by Frank Sele.
For high school I attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, CA from 1961 to 1965. A new multipurpose auditorium/basketball court had recently been built which included Moller Opus 5670. It was installed hanging from the ceiling over a choir loft on the north end of the building. I was told that the Los Angeles Archdiocese was offered the organ due to the Badham residence being about to be demolished for a freeway. The organ was installed by the Crome organ company. Due to severe space restrictions in the hanging organ chamber the regulators were installed above the pipework. The organ bench was a beautiful piece of furniture with geometric molding designs on it yet the sides of the console were inexplicably (at the time) plain. Many years later I came across an old Architectural Digest magazine which pictured the Badham residence showing the location of the console in an alcove which explained the plain sides. A caption on a photo of the garden said that the organ also spoke outside; the junction board in the console had terminals labeled "Lawn Shades". As installed at Bosco Tech there was only room for 12 ranks. As I remember, the Great had a Diapason, Harmonic Flute, Dulciana, 2 2/3 Flute, Clarinet and Tuba; the Swell had a Principal, Flute, Salicional, Voix Celeste and Oboe; the Bourdon/Lieblich Gedect and the Chimes were located between the Great and Swell chests. Some of the stop tabs had been turned over and re-engraved; Vox Humana, Vox Angelica and Harp were no longer in the organ. During my student years I sang there in a very good choir often accompanied by the organ. I later taught at the school for a number of years and it was always fun to play the organ. The auditorium has tilt-up concrete walls ( I understand they were the largest ever attempted at the time) and the place was acoustically very live. In the mid nineties I visited the school and found the organ not there. It had been thrown away to make room for a faculty dining area. (Database Manager. June 20, 2014)
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|Organ hung from ceiling in gymnasium/auditorium. Archival source not identified by contributor: Frank Sele (Ca 1960)
|Console. Archival source not identified by contributor: Frank Sele (ca 1960)
|Interior of gymnasium/auditorium. Archival source not identified by contributor: frank Sele (ca 1960)
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