The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Paul's R.C. Cathedral (3rd)
5th Avenue & N. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Synod Hall

OHS Database ID 64597.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 8, 2019.


Technical Details

Wicks Direct Electric(©) chests.

Two manuals. 1 divisions. 5 stops. 5 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
    Identified by James R. Stettner, citing information from this publication: Wicks company brochure.
    (Database Manager. June 23, 2019)
  • It is not known where Wicks got the name 'Palestrina Hall' as shown in the promotional photo. According to a June 26, 2019 email from Cathedral organist Donald Fellows [edited], "The Wicks designed by Rev. Carlo Rossini is in its original location above the stage of Synod Hall which is an adjacent building to the Cathedral. Synod Hall was run by another diocesan agency and the organ sat silent for decades. In the year 2001 Synod Hall was given to St. Paul Cathedral by the diocese. The organ console was located in a pit in front of the stage. Other components of the organ are located under the stage. Both the pit and stage are at the lowest point of the building. Water managed to flood this building filling the pit and working its way under the stage. Many components were destroyed. Allegheny Organs (who removed the water-damaged chapel Moller organ) replaced the Synod Hall console by rebuilding the Moller console and fitted it to the Synod Hall Wicks, along with additional components such as blower, rectifier, relays, etc. The organ case appears as it does in the photo, however, it is mounted high above the stage, not on the stage floor as it appears in the photo. That portion of the instrument awaits rehabilitation. The instrument is minimally playable. To my knowledge, the term 'Palestrina Hall' was never used - all parties involved simply refer to its as 'Synod Hall'." (James Stettner. July 8, 2019)

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Organ case and console. Builder's promotional photo in the collection of James R. Stettner

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