The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Centre Street Methodist
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554

OHS Database ID 5946.


This organ received OHS Citation number 13, 1977-07-23.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
(The last update we received about this organ was on the transfer of data from the OHS PC Database, October 30, 2004.)

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 14 ranks.


  • The original builder was Thomas Appleton (1831). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1989 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Rebuild. Altered by Ross Abel 1968, 2-13. Andover returned Viol d'Amour, again 2-14. Historic Organs Recital 21 Jul 1989. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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Chancel and Organ Case. Photograph by Jack E. Boucher; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1969-10-01
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Unidentified Photographer; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1900-01-01
Church Exterior. Photograph by M. Alan Lish 2012-05-29
Sanctuary Interior and Organ Case. Photograph by M. Alan Lish 2012-05-29
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph by M. Alan Lish 2012-05-29

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

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  • Stoplist copied from the console June 1988
    Nantucket, Massachusetts
    Centre Street Methodist Church
    Thomas Appleton, 1831
    E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 241, 1858 - Removal, Enlargement to 2-Manuals,
                                     Moving, Reinstallation on Nantucket.
    GREAT (GGG, AAA-f3)
       [8]  Op. Diapason Treble     (tg)  35
       [8]  Op. Diapason Bass             19   1-4 from St. Diapason Bass.
       [8]  Viol d'Amour            (tg)  35
       [8]  Dulciana                (tg)  35
       [8]  St. Diapason Treble     (tg)  35
       [8]  St. Diapason Bass             23
       [4]  Principal                     58
       [4]  Flute                         58
       [3]  Twelfth                       58
       [2]  Fifteenth                     58
    SWELL TREBLE (Expressive; Tenor F-f3)
       [8]  Open Diapason           (tf)  37
       [8]  St. Diapason            (tf)  37
       [8]  Viol di Gamba           (tf)  37
       [4]  Principal               (tf)  37
       [8]  Hautboy                 (tf)  37
    SWELL BASS (Unexpressive; GGG, AAA-E)
       [8]  St. Diapason Bass             21
    PEDAL (GGGG, AAAA-CC; 17 notes)
       [16] Sub Bass                      13   Open wood.
    COUPLERS (Drawknob)
       Swell to Pedal                    [8]
       Great to Pedal                    [8]
       Swell to Great                    [8]
    FOOT LEVERS (Unlabeled; l - r)
       Gr. Op. Diap. Bass              (rev)
       Gr. Upper Chorus Cancel         (s-a)  Removes Principal, Twelfth, and Fifteenth.
       Swell Expression                (h-d)
    ACTION: Mech. key & stop
    VOICES: 14
    STOPS: 17
    RANKS: 14
    PIPES: 633
    The organ was originally a I-manual Appleton built for an unidentified
    church believed to have been in Boston. The Hook brothers removed the
    organ from its original home; removed the swell box from the organ;
    added a short-compass Swell, moved the original Hautboy from the origi-
    nal chest and put it on the new Swell; replaced the Hautboy with the
    Viol d'Amour, built a swellbox for the new Swell, and installed the
    organ in the rear gallery of the church.  In 1893, it was moved to the
    front of the church behind the pulpit platform where it has remained.
    The organ has been slowly and lovingly restored by Bob Newton of the
    Andover Organ Co. over several decades.  One of the worst problems was
    damage from powder post beetles - finally eradicated.  Poorly executed
    tonal changes by others were reversed. In recent years, the facade pipes
    were reguilded with new goldleaf.
     [Received on line from James R. Stettner June 29, 2009.]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the console June 1988 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.