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Union Methodist Episcopal Church
220 W. 48th St.
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10036

OHS Database ID 65124.

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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 December 25, 2019.

Technical Details

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 19 stops. 20 registers. 21 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.


  • The Union Methodist Episcopal Church was formed by the consolidation in 1893 of the Bloomington Methodist Episcopal Church, located on West Forty-third Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, and St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church, located on Fifty-third Street, between Broadway and Ninth Avenue. The combined congregation purchased property on West Forty-eighth Street and, on October 31, 1894, laid the cornerstone for a new church. The Neoclassical edifice, designed by Weary & Kramer, was opened on June 2, 1895. As the church was located in the theatre district, it became known as "The Protestant Actors' Chapel" and was host to many social events and programs for the benefit of actors. A theatre was located in the church attic, and in the basement was a restaurant. In 1920, a large sign was erected outside the church, through the efforts of the Rev. Dr. John G. Benson, pastor, who was a champion for actors. Measuring twenty feet high, the sign was surmounted by a cross six feet tall and four feet broad that was illuminated by white nitrogen lamps. Under the cross were intertwined the American flag and church flag, and in the middle, large gold letters proclaimed, "Union Church Social Centre Always Open." During the Depression, unemployed actors were fed in the church's social centre. It has not been determined when the church ceased to exist, but the building was purchased in 1948 by Eugene and Celestine Leone, owners of Leone's restaurant next door at 239 West Forty-eighth Street, who wished to expand their restaurant. "Mama Leone's" restaurant—known for its Italian-American cuisine at moderate prices—was a familiar theatre-district destination for 90 years until it left the location in 1994. For their new edifice, Union M.E. Church contracted with the Odell Company to build a two-manual organ. The organ contained "Odell Pneumatic Compensating Valves to be applied to Great, Swell, and Pedal Organs, thereby giving each pipe a full supply to wind, and an easy touch and quick response to the keys." (Jeff Scofield. December 25, 2019)

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

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project
           New York, New York
           Union Methodist Episcopal Church
           J.H. & C.S. Odell   Op. 328   1894   2/21
           GREAT                    SWELL                        PEDAL
        8' Open Diapason 58     16' Bourdon Bass      12     16' Bourdon     30
        8' Melodia       58     16' Bourdon Treble    46      8' Violoncello 30
        8' Dulciana      58      8' Open Diapason     58
        4' Octave        58      8' Stopped Diapason  58
        4' Hohl Flute    58      8' Salicional        58
    2 2/3' Octave Quint  58      4' Rohrflöte         58
        2' Flageolet     58      4' Violina           58
        8' Trumpet       58      2' Flautino          58
                               III  Cornet           174
                                 8' Oboe & Bassoon    58
                      [Received from Jeff Scofield Deember 26, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.