The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Academy of Music
240 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

OHS Database ID 63634.

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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 August 7, 2018.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

One manual. 13 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.


  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, October 8, 1885, p. 3:

    "To place an organ in the Academy, the difficulties involved were obvious. The spacious stage, almost the largest in the world, was too precious to be encroached upon. But the builder, Mr. H. L. Roosevelt, has, happily, found a place under the stage for his pipes, and, although the height there was so limited as to require the "elbowing"of some of the larger and longer pipes, the space has been found ample for its purpose. Of course, the instrument is not intended for solo players to display their acquirements. Its single manual, limited pedal resources and meagre list of registers forbid brilliancy, variety of show of any kind.
    "What Mr. Baker desired to have, and what the builder has aimed to make, was an organ to sustain choruses both in opera and oratorio. This purpose the present instrument will doubtless fill much better than any substitute yet heard in the Academy.
    "The only portions of the organ which can be seen from the auditorium are the manual and pedal. These are inclosed [sic], when not being used, in a plain ash case. This can be removed at will to any part of the building. The connection with the pipes is made by an electric cable and the bellows is supplied by water power." (Steven E. Lawson. August 7, 2018)

Online Documents

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  • A Chorus Organ. Description of Roosevelt Organ in the American Academy of Music. Author: Philadelphia Inquirer Source: printed newspaper. Document Date. October 8, 1885. Document received from Bynum Petty 2018-08-07.

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  • Typed Specification. Source: from Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, Oct. 8, 1885, p. 3 - courtesy Bynum Petty
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    American Academy of Music
    Hilborne L. Roosevelt   No. 297   1885
    1 manual, 10 stops, 13 ranks
         16' Bourdon               58
          8' String Diapason       58
          8' Open Diapason         58
          8' Doppel Flöte          58
          4' Octave                58
             Mixture, 4 rks       232
          8' Tuba Mirabilis        58
         32' Sub-Octave Resonant   --
         16' Open Diapason         27
         16' Bourdon               27
          8' Octave                27
             Manual Octave
             Manual to Pedal
             Electric action
             Water motor
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-08-07]
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: from Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, Oct. 8, 1885, p. 3 - courtesy Bynum Petty Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.