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Church of the Angels, Episcopal
1100 Ave. 64
Pasadena, California 91105

OHS Database ID 6536.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 317.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 30, 2017.


Technical Details

Ventil chests. Mechanical action with pneumatic assist [Barker levers or some similar device]. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 6 stops. 325 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Hitchdown couplers.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1987. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • City was Garvanzas, now part of Los Angeles. Tracker-ventil. Fox lists as R. C. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from David R. Piper. -- Other Features: super coupler manual, manual to pedal coupler. Notes: the Tremulant is currently not working. In the 1950s, a Maas-Rowe Carillon was added in the bell tower and a small keydesk was mounted just under the keydesk of the Roosevelt organ. Also, electric switches were added at some point, just to the right of the drawknobs, to control lights and the blower motor. This organ is played every Sunday at 10:15 AM to accompany church services and at various other times as well. (Database Manager. March 21, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from David R. Piper. (Database Manager. May 8, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- In Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913, Revised edition, 2005, Organ Historical Society, this instrument is noted as being the only surviving representative of organs installed in the Los Angeles area before 1894. (Database Manager. June 3, 2012)
  • Fully restored by Rosales Organ Builders in 2013-14. (Database Manager. July 29, 2017)
  • Updated by Manuel J. Rosales, who maintains the organ.

    City of Garvanza (not Garvansas) which is partly in Los Angeles and partly in Pasadena. Church of the Angels uses zip code 91105 which is a Pasadena zip code.
    The 2013/14 restoration by Rosales Organ Builders included the recreation of the double-rise bellows' inverted rib 2nd rise. New lighting and an access walkboard was added as well as a simple grill in the transept opening where there originally there was a façade of dummy pipes. While reconstruction of the dummy façade was considered the conclusion was that it would muffle the sound into the transept. The keyboards were rebushed and recovered with used ivory. The pedal board natural and sharp keys were replaced with new material. The sharp key overlay was increased in height to reduce accidents of also playing the adjacent natural keys. An LED lamp was installed over the music rack. The on-off switch was removed from the keydesk and placed on the wall at the bass end of the organ case. The hole left by the on-off switch was repaired with matching wood. The "signature Roosevelt" Doppelflute was restored by cleaning the nicking by removing the wax added in the 1960s. The Aeoline, which replaced the original 4' Flauto Traverso, required much needed voicing and regulation. This rank is softer than any of the other stops but its tone is intensely beautiful! The other ranks, all original, were regulated and tuned. A=440 @ 70F (Database Manager. July 30, 2017)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Smith, David Lennox. Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913. (Richmond, VA: Organ Historical Society Press, Revised Edition, 2005), [0]

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Photographs

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Chancel, organ on right. Photograph from the personal collection of Jim Lewis 1895-05-08
Organ Chamber, Facade Pipes and Console. Archival source not identified by contributor: Jim Lewis

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist taken from the console in the early 2000s

  • Pasadena, California
    Church of the Angels
    
    Frank Roosevelt   Opus 433   1889   1/6
    
    Manual (expressive) 58 notes                 Pedal 27 notes
    (Bass/Treble split between Middle E/F)       Bourdon 16'
    Open Diapason 8'                             
    Salicional 8'                                Manual to Pedal
    Doppel Flöte 8'                       
    Aeoline 8'                                   Balanced Swell Pedal
    Gemshorn 4'                                  
                                                 Two combination pedals:
    Manual Coupler (8ve)                         Manual Piano (Sal+Dop.Fl)
    Bellows Signal                               Manual Forte (All but Aeol.)
    Tremulant
    
    [Received on line from Christopher Rini October 08, 2009.]
  • Stoplist taken from the console in the early 2000s Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.