The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational Church
Church Street
Rockland, Massachusetts

OHS Database ID 5419.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 17, 2017.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 20 stops. 18 registers. 18 ranks. 982 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front 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. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Electrified by Kershaw before removal. [Still there 1965?] [Church previously had an E. L. Holbrook in earlier building.] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Pipe fence facade containing 31 pipes. The organ was electrified by Rostron Kershaw in 1962, and was still extant when I documented it on April 21, 1989. (Database Manager. September 17, 2008)
  • (Steven E. Lawson. September 17, 2017)

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Photographs

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Original keydesk attached to the face of the instrument. Photograph by unknown - from the estate of Lillian I Cunningham who played the instrument as a student. (1940's)
Organ case in front of church. Photograph from old church publication

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Stoplist

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  • Typed Stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Original Service of Dedication, September 12, 1894, pp.6 & 7
    Rockland, Massachusetts
    First Congregational Church in Rockland
    
    HOOK & HASTINGS, Opus 1615, 1894 - Original Specifications
    
    
    GREAT                                        COUPLERS (Drawknob)
       8     Open Diapason              58          Swell to Pedal
       8     Melodia                    58          Great to Pedal
       8     Dulciana                   58
       4     Octave                     58          Swell to Great
       4     Flute d'Amour              58
       2-2/3 Twelfth                    58
       2     Fifteenth                  58       FOOT LEVERS (Unk if Labeled; Order Unk)
       8     Trumpet                    58          Great Piano – 8' Mel., 8' Dulc.
    
                                                    Gr. to Ped. - Reversible
    SWELL (Expressive)
       16    Bourdon Treble       (tc)  46          Great Forte – 8,8,8,4,4,2-2/3,2
       16    Bourdon Bass               12
       8     Open Diapason              58
       8     Stopped Diapason           58       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
       8     Salicional                 58          Swell Expression             (bal.)
       8     Æoline                     58
       4     Flute Harmonique           58
       4     Violina                    58
       8     Oboe                 (tc)  46
       8     Bassoon                    12
             Tremolo
                                                 ACTION: Mech. Key & Stop
    
    PEDAL                                        VOICES: 18       STOPS: 20
       16    Bourdon                    27
       8     Open Diapason    [wood]    27       RANKS: 18        PIPES: 982
    
    
    NOTES
    The organ is free-standing and encased at the front of the room with an attached,
    projecting keydesk having a folding cover which lifts to form a music rack. The
    7-sectional pipe fence façade has 31 pipes arranged: 3-5-3-9-3-5-3.
    
    The organ was electrified in 1962 by Rostron Kershaw of Lowell, Massachusetts with
    some tonal changes in addition to mechanical changes.
    
    Sources: Original Program of Dedication, September 12, 1894, pp. 6 & 7; extant,
             altered organ
  • Click Here Typed Stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Original Service of Dedication, September 12, 1894, pp.6 & 7 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.