The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish
156 Valley Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504


OHS Database ID 64309.

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Status and Condition

The organ is no longer at this location, and is presumed destroyed, dispersed or relocated.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 3, 2019.

Technical Details

Tubular pneumatic key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 18 stops. 914 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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


  • The organ cost $6,850 and was installed by Henry Reinisch, a builder from Grand Rapids. The pipe organ was blessed and dedicated in a special ceremony on Sunday, August 16, 1925, with a recital that included: Eugene J. Phillips, organist and choir director from the Cathedral of St. Andrew; Katherine Jansheska Phillips, soloist; and a sixteen-voice choir from Sacred Heart, under the direction of Max Wojtalewicz.
    [Information from "The Sacred Heart Story" by Eduard Adam Skendel]. (Chad Boorsma. April 3, 2019)
  • Great stops: two Open Diapasons, Violin, Flute, Gamba, Octet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Chimes of twenty tubes.
    Swell stops: Horn Diapason, Violin, Cello, Concert Flute, Flute Harmonica, Oboe, and Vox Humana.
    [Source: Catholic Vigil, August 12, 1925, 8:2] (Chad Boorsma. April 3, 2019)
  • The organ was replaced in 1962 by a Wicks pipe organ, but the organ cases remain, as does the Contra Bass pipework. (Chad Boorsma. April 3, 2019)

Online Documents

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  • The Sacred Heart Story. Description of Organ Installation and Program, Partial Stoplist. Author: Eduard Adam Skendel Source: History Book. Document Date. Unknown. Document received from 2019-04-03.

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Related Database Entries

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Balcony and Twin Organ Cases. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03
Right Organ Case. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03
Left Organ Case. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03
Church Exterior. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03
Words Stamped on Contra Bass Pipe. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2019-04-03

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