The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. John's German Lutheran Church, Northside
Liberty Ave. (Lockhart St.) near East Ave.
Pittsburgh: Allegheny, Pennsylvania 15212

OHS Database ID 60371.

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Status and Condition

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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 21 stops. 23 ranks.


  • This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
    Identified by Steven Bartley, citing information from this publication: Der Deutsche Correspondent (Baltimore) May 10 1870 pg4. Additionally, Steven Bartley listed this web site as a source of information:
    A timeline history of St. John's, found on Rootsweb, indicates the church was known by different names, in its latter years St. John's German Evangelical Church, North side, Pastor F Scheidt.
    This part of Pittsburgh was originally known as Allegheny City. Pomplitz organs were installed in a Catholic & Episcopal church.
    The Der Deutsche Correspondent article, says that the organ was first erected in the Masonic Temple, Baltimore, for a music festival, before shipping to St. John's. It also provides a specification and the size, (24 tall, 19 wide, 14 deep) ; cost $1,000.
    The building was taken, by the state in 1971 for a highway project. The congregation merged with another to form the Brighten Heights Lutheran Church. A 5 rank Moller was bought in 1973. (Database Manager. July 9, 2017)

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  • Original document from Steven Bartley.. Source: May 10 1870 pg4 Der Deutsche Correspondent- Baltimore, MD
    Pittsburgh: Allegheny, Pennsylvania
    St. John's German Lutheran Church, Northside
    Organ by August B. Pomplitz   1870
    2 manuals, 25 registers
    16 Rohrbourdon
     8 Principal
     8 Dulciana
     8 Gedackt
     8 Melodia
     4 Principal
     4 Rohr Flute
    2-2/3 Quint
     2 Super Octave
     III Mixture
     8 Trumpet
    8 Geigen Principal
    8 Lieblich Gedackt
    8 Gamba
    4 Principal
    4 Fern Flute
    2 Waldflute
    8 Oboe
    16 Principal Bass
    16 Subbass
     8 Violoncello
    Bell rope
    Case in Gothic style, walnut.
    Cost $1000
  • Click Here Original document from Steven Bartley.. Source: May 10 1870 pg4 Der Deutsche Correspondent- Baltimore, MD Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.