The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Zion and St. Timothy Episcopal Church
New York City: Manhattan, New York

OHS Database ID 65078.

Status and Condition

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We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 1, 2019.
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Technical Details

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 26 stops. 26 registers. 28 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front.


  • From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: In 1890 Zion Lutheran Church united with and moved to St. Timothy Protestant Episcopal Church, a society organized in 1853 and located at 310 West 54th Street near Eighth Avenue. St. Timothy's Mission Chapel, established in 1867, was located nearby on West 56th Street at Eighth Avenue. It was on the 57th Street side of this chapel that the combined congregations built a new church, designed by William Halsey in the Victorian Gothic style and constructed from 1891-92. The new church featured two towers of unequal height and shape in the facade, and an exterior built of brick with stone trim. The interior featured exposed terra cotta brick walls trimmed with bands of pink drab, and mosaic tile floors. Seating was provided for 1,200 persons in oak pews fitted with old-gold colored cushions beneath a high ceiling of timber wood. In the large and spacious chancel was an elaborate altar and reredos, given by voluntary contributions from older parishioners of St. Timothy's Church as a memorial to the Rev. Dr. George Geer, who had been rector for nearly thirty years. In the rear of the church and facing the Fifty-sixth Street side was a three-story brick parish building, with a frontage of 100 feet. The new Zion and St. Timothy Church was opened on Easter Sunday, 1892, and consecrated debt-free the following Tuesday. On December 31, 1921, fire was discovered by the organ tuner and his assistant, who were at work in the organ loft. The fire quickly engulfed the church and, fanned by a strong easterly wind, threatened the adjoining Clintonia apartment hotel. After the five-alarm fire was extinguished, only the church walls were left standing, and there was damage to the adjacent parish house and upper two floors of the hotel. One theory of the origin of the fire was that it was caused by defective wiring in the organ, which was electrically operated. Now homeless, the congregation approached St. Matthew's P.E. Church, located at 26 West 84th Street, about the possibility of a merger. In May 1922, the merger was approved by the diocese, and the new congregation was named St. Matthew and St. Timothy Protestant Episcopal Church. (Jeff Scofield. December 1, 2019)

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Church interior. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project
Church exterior. Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project

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  • . Source: Stoplist recorded by Lynnwood Farnam; courtesy of the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project
           New York, New York
           Episcopal Church of Zion and St. Timothy
           Roosevelt   Op. 505   1891   3/28
           GREAT                        CHOIR
       16' Dbl Open Diapason  58    16' Bourdon        ** 58
        8' Open Diapason      58     8' Open Diapason     58
        8' Viola di Gamba     58     8' Stopped Diapason  58
        8' Doppelflöte        58     8' Salicional        58
        4' Octave             58     8' Gemshorn          58
    2 2/3' Octave Quint     * 58     4' Flute Harmonique  58
        2' Super Octave     * 58   III  Cornet           174
        8' Trumpet          * 58     8' Cornopean         58
                                     8' Oboe              58
        8' Geigen Principal   58
        8' Concert Flute      58    16' Open Diapason     30
        8' Dolce              58    16' Bourdon           30
        4' Rohr Flute         58     8' Violoncello       30
        2' Piccolo Harmonique 58
        8' Clarinet           58
        *  enclosed in Choir
       **  divided bass/treble
            [Received from Jeff Scofield December 1, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist recorded by Lynnwood Farnam; courtesy of the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.