The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Second Congregational Church
487 Western Avenue
Westfield, Connecticut 01085

OHS Database ID 56207.

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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 July 12, 2019.


Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Two manuals. 28 stops. 33 ranks. 1751 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • An original installation. Identified by John Igoe, using information found in Johnson Organs, 1844-1898: Wm. A Johnson, Johnson Organ Co., Johnson & Son: a documentary issued in honor the two hundredth anniversary of his birth, 1816-2016 / by Scot L. Huntington, Len Levasseur, Barbara Owen, Stephen L. Pinel, and Martin R. Walsh. Cranbury, New Jersey: The Princeton Academy of the Arts, Culture, and Society, 2015.. -- (Database Manager. August 13, 2015)
  • Updated by Rick Reed, who has heard or played the organ.
    Organ was rebuilt, or at least parts of it were. I attended the rededication approximately 5-10 years ago. Before the rebuild, the Positiv division wasn-t working on it, and I believe that they may have added some stops as well. (Steven E. Lawson. July 5, 2018)
  • Updated by Edward E Clark, who has heard or played the organ. Edward E Clark also named this publication as a source of information: John Van Varick Elsworth, The Johnson Organs reprinted by the Boston Organ Club, 1984, page 65.
    I grew up in the original church and played the Johnson organ as a youth. When I was in college (1959-63), the church moved to a new building and the organ was rebuilt by the Berkshire Organ Co. using some of the old Johnson chests and some new chests; a positive division was created by re-purposing some pipes. The original highly ornate case was not retained. The organ produced a big sound in the smaller new building. Later changes were made by the Austin Organ Co. replacing the Great principal chorus and chests. The most recent work on the organ was done by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal. I played the organ recital after that work was completed. In my opinion there have been so many changes that I'm not sure it should still be called a Johnson organ but rather an organ containing some of the original Johnson pipework. (Thurlow Weed. July 12, 2019)

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Photographs

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Organ Case and Console. Scan of photo from church's 150th anniversary calendar in 2006, courtesy of Edward E Clark (early 1900's)

Pipe organs in Connecticut sponsored by S.L. Huntington & Co.

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Stoplist

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