The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St James Chapel (Methodist) / Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
68 Spring St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

OHS Database ID 59525.

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Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 19, 2016.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 12 registers. 12 ranks.

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


  • An original installation. Identified by James R. Stettner, using information from this web site:
    The chapel was built in 1856 by a group of Methodist dissenters. It was called St. James Chapel. It evidently remained a church until Hurricane Hugo passed through Charleston on the night of September 21, 1989, leaving the building severely damaged. The roof was torn off and the interior was destroyed.

    After a major renovation, the building was again opened on November 11, 1990. The St. James United Methodist congregation merged with Asbury United Methodist at Asbury's building, and the church became the Karpeles manuscript library museum. The organ case (at least) remains in its original position in the rear gallery. Status is not yet known. (Database Manager. September 19, 2016)
  • Subsequent research has revealed that this was also known as Spring Street Methodist. The organ was a gift from Bethel Methodst of Charleston when they got their new Austin in 1934, (James Stettner. July 5, 2019)

Online Documents

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Church exterior: Historic American Buildings Survey HABS SC-374 (after 1933). Library of Congress Photo; public domain
Sanctuary interior ith organ in rear gallery: Historic American Buildings Survey HABS SC-374 (after 1933). Library of Congress Photo; public domain
Organ case in rear gallery: Historic American Buildings Survey HABS SC-374 (after 1933). Library of Congress Photo; public domain

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