The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Adalbert R.C. Church
1650 West 17th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608

OHS Database ID 57817.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in not in playable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 4, 2016.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 45 stops. 48 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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


  • Updated through online information from John McCraney.
    On Monday, February 15, 2016, there was an article with photo on the Yahoo site stating that the church would be (or perhaps now is) closed because too many repairs are needed. The photo shows scaffolding around the towers. The cost for repairs is about three million dollars, but the congregation has been able to raise only about $100,000. (Database Manager. March 2, 2016)
  • Updated through online information from Steven Wojcik.
    I attended Mass there on February 21, 2016 and the organ was working. On talking with the staff at the parish, the organ is playable but not completely. They are planning to repair it. If anyone at the organ society wishes to donate for the repair of the organ, please call the parish at 312-226-2300 or click this link to donate: Thank you. They are conducting an active fundraising campaign and have raised close to $2 million to repair the towers. The Archdiocese has not yet sent them a closure notice. The parish is planning to petition to stay open given the large influx of funds to repair the church. (Database Manager. April 4, 2016)
  • The last mass was held on July 14, 2019; the church was closed by the diocese the next day. (Jeff Scofield. August 7, 2019)

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Sanctuary interior to rear. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Gallery and organ cases. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
1927 Austin console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr

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  • Stoplist from church web site
    Chicago, Illinois
    St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church
    W.W. Kimball Company   1914                  4 manuals, 45 stops, 48 ranks
            GREAT ORGAN (6" wind)                SWELL ORGAN (6" wind)
        16' Open Diapason         61         16' Lieblich Gedackt      73
         8' Stentor Diapason      61          8' Horn Diapason         73
         8' Open Diapason         61          8' Rohr Flute            73
         8' Doppel Flute          61          8' Harmonic Flute        73
         8' Gemshorn              61 *        8' Viole d'Orchestre     73
         8' Viole d'Gamba         61          8' Vox Celeste           73
         4' Principal             61          8' Aeoline               73
         4' Hohl Flute            61          4' Principal             73
         8' Tuba                  61 *        4' Traverse Flute        73
            * enclosed in Choir               2' Fifteenth             61
                                                 Mixture III          183
            CHOIR ORGAN (4 1/2" wind)        16' Contra Fagotto        73
        16' Quintaton             73          8' Cornopean             73
         8' Open Diapason         73          8' Oboe                  73
         8' Concert Flute         73
         8' Viol d'Amour          73             PEDAL ORGAN (6" wind)
         8' Dolce                 73         32' Contra Bourdon        32
         4' Flute Octaviante      73         16' Open Diapason         32
         2' Piccolo               61         16' Violone               32
         8' Clarinet              73         16' Bourdon               32
         8' Vox Humana            73         16' Concert Flute         32
                                              8' Principal             32
            ECHO ORGAN (5" wind)              8' Bass Flute            32
         8' Echo Diapason         61         16' Trombone              32
         8' Lieblich Gedackt      61
         8' Viole d'Orchestre     61
         8' Unda Maris II        110
         8' Vox Humana            61
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-02-14]
  • Click Here Stoplist from church web site Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.