The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Residence: J. Montgomery Sears
Cor. Arlington & Commonwealth
Boston, Massachusetts

OHS Database ID 52814.

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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 23, 2014.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 28 stops. 31 registers. 28 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

Crescendo Pedal. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • From The Organ (March 1894): The Combination Action is of novel construction, there being two rows of piston knobs placed in parallel lines over the swell keys, two pistons to each stop; the name of the stop is engraved on an ivory table placed between the upper and lower piston; and by means of these pistons any stop upon the manual can be made to operate on any combination pedal, together with any pedal stop that may be required. In operating the combination pedal these pistons are moved inward or outward, as the case may be, showing what stops are on and those which are off (the combinations being double acting). The registers themselves are in no way affected, so that any combinations which may have been prepared previously by means of the registers are not disturbed. (Database Manager. August 15, 2014)
  • An original installation. Identified by Jim Lewis, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- According to the Ursuline Academy (that used the building from 1946-1966) the organ was destroyed when a new owner took over the house in 1966. (Database Manager. June 23, 2014)

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Exterior of home. Jim Lewis collection, courtesy of Jim Lewis (c.1896)

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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  • From The Organ (March 1894)
    Boston, Massachusetts
    J. M. Sears Residence
    Geo. S. Hutchings   Opus 326   1894          3 manuals, 28 stops, 28 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
         16' Open Diapason        61          16' Lieblich Gedeckt     61
          8' Open Diapason        61                (treble and bass)
          8' Viola di Gamba       61           8' Open Diapason        61
          8' Gemshorn             61           8' Spitzflöte           61
          8' Doppelflöte          61           8' Salicional           61
          4' Flauto Traverso      61           8' Æoline               61
          4' Octave               61           8' Vox Celestis         61
          2' Super Octave         61           8' Stopped Diapason     61
                                               4' Flute Harmonique     61
             CHOIR ORGAN                       4' Violina              61
          8' Geigen Principal     61           2' Flautino             61
          8' Dulciana             61           8' Oboe                 61
          8' Concert Flute        61
          8' Viola d'Concerto     61              PEDAL ORGAN
          4' Flûte d'Amour        61          32' Contra Bourdon (ext) 12
          4' Fugara               61          16' Violone              30
          8' Clarinet             61          16' Bourdon              30
             Blank                             8' Flöte (ext)          12
                                               8' Violoncello (ext)    12
             PEDAL MOVEMENTS                      COUPLERS (Piston Knobs)
             Great Comb. Ped.  1-2-3-4-0ff        Ch. to Gt. Sub Octave
             Swell Comb. Ped.  1-2-3-0ff          Sw. to Ch. Sub Octave
             Choir Comb. Ped.  1-2-0ff            "In addition to the
             Great to Pedal Reversible              usual couplers"
             Swell to Great at Octaves
             Balanced Pedal - Choir
             Balanced Pedal - Swell
             Pedal Stops Off
             Balanced Pedal - Crescendo
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-08-15]
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