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St. James Anglican Church
303 Cordova St. E.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1L4 Canada

OHS Database ID 65164.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 9, 2020.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 27 stops. 31 registers. 28 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • The building for this Anglo-Catholic parish is a unique but successful and interesting blend of Art Deco, Romanesque Revival, Byzantine Revival, and Gothic Revival architecture; the organ is located in a transept and the choir in the rear gallery; the nave is not long, so the arrangement works. In the 1940s a 3-rank gallery division was added. From the church website: In 1963, Casavant Frères proposed a new scheme for the organ based on developments in organ building after World War II; however, cost prohibited this from taking place. Water from a leaking roof became a problem such that, in the late 1980s, a significant renovation of the organ was necessitated. This work incorporated some of the ideas presented by the builder in 1963. In 2003 a complete overhaul of the console was completed by Casavant. (Jeff Scofield. January 9, 2020)

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Chamber grillework and pipe facade. Photograph by P. J. Janson 2016-04-16

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  • . Source: Stoplist courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives
        Vancouver, British Columbia
        St. James Anglican Church
        Casavant   Op. 1605   1938   3/28
        GREAT                      SWELL
    16' Bourdon          68     8' Open Diapason     68
     8' Open Diapason    68     8' Stopped Diapason  68
     8' Hohl Flute       68     8' Viola da Gamba    68
     8' Gemshorn         68     8' Voix Celeste      61
     4' Principal        68     4' Flauto Traverso   68
     4' Harmonic Flute   68     4' Violina           68
     2' Fifteenth        61    II  Grave Mixture    122 *
     8' Tromba           68    16' Contra Fagotto    68
        Super                   8' Cornopean         68
                                8' Oboe              68
        CHOIR                      Tremulant
     8' Geigen Principal 68        Super
     8' Melodia          68
     8' Dulciana         68        PEDAL
     4' Lieblich Flute   68
     2' Flautino         61    16' Open Diapason     32
     8' Clarinet         68    16' Bourdon           32
        Tremulant              16' Gedeckt           SW
        Sub                     8' Octave            12
        Super                   8' Stopped Flute     12
                               16' Trombone          32
     *  12-15                  16' Fagotto           SW
         [Received from Jeff Scofield January 9, 2020]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.