The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Universalist Church
150 South Clinton Ave
Rochester, New York 14604-1803

OHS Database ID 658.

See the address on Google Maps.


This organ received OHS Citation number 139.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 5, 2013.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 44 stops. 13 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Setterboard. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons.


  • Status Note: There 1990 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from Paul Marchesano. (Database Manager. May 30, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from scot huntington. -- The organ was dedicated by Edwin Lemare on Oct. 6, 1908, in spite of last minute sabotage inflicted on the instrument. The subject of ridicule by local musicians for many years, in 1929 the organ began to be broadcast over WHAM by the noted British cathedral organist Thomas Grierson who had emigrated to Rochester--broadcasts which continued until his retirement in 1947. The organ was rediscovered as an instrument capable of great beauty in the right hands, and the broadcasts of organ, choir and soloists were extremely popular.

    The organ was altered slightly by the Wurlitzer Company in 1937 with the addition of Chimes, the possible alteration/revoicing of the Cornopean, and the enclosure of two unenclosed ranks--work made possible by a substantial anonymous gift as a memorial to the church's charwoman. The organ is the largest Hope-Jones instrument extant in the United States, and perhaps the most unaltered of his instruments remaining, in the world. It was nominated for an OHS Historic Organ Citation in 1994 in order to help stave off under-budgeted work by an unqualified builder. However, before the plaque could be presented, the builder proceeded with the project which so severely compromised the organ that the plaque was never presented.

    In recent years, restorative repairs have been made as funds permit, and the OHS Citation is still active, with a formal presentation pending a return of this historic instrument to a condition commensurate with its historic status. (Database Manager. May 5, 2013)

Online Documents

Currently we have no online documents associated with this organ entry. If you can provide us with digital files of contracts, correspondence, dedication programs, or any similar items, please follow this link to our document upload form to send them to us.

If you would like more information about documents included in the Database, please see our Documents Information page.

Related Database Entries

As a matter of best practice, we maintain separate entries each time an organ is modified or relocated. Click a link to go to descriptions of other phases in this instrument's life.

Other Websites

The database contains no links to external websites that describe this organ. If you know of any sites that contain information about it, please use the Update form to send us the URL.


Click on a thumbnail to see the larger image in a new tab.

Church Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by Paul L. and Sally L. Gordon; image courtesy of the Library of Congress 1966-10-23

Pipe organs in New York sponsored by Foley-Baker, Inc.

If you can provide us with additional photographs, you may upload them through our online form. For further information please see our expectations for adding photographs.



When they are available, stoplists for organs are included in the Database. To make corrections in stoplists that you see here, please send details via e-mail to rather than submitting a new stoplist through our online form.

  • private correspondence
    Rochester, New York
    First Universalist Church
    Hope-Jones Organ Co. Opus 2, 1908
    Elmira, New York
    16' Contra Tibia Clausa
    8'  Diapason Phonon 
    8'  Tibia Clausa  
    8'  Horn Diapason
    8'  Concert Flute
    8'  Gedact
    4'  Octave
    4'  Flute
    16' Ophecleide
    8'  Tuba
    4'  Clarion
    Cathedral Chimes (1937)
    Great Octave
    Swell to Great Suboctave
    Swell to Great
    Swell to Great Octave
    Choir to Great Suboctave
    Choir to Great
    Choir to Great Octave
    16' Bourdon
    8'  Horn Diapason
    8'  Concert Flute
    8'  Viol d'Orchestre
    8'  Viol Celeste
    8'  Gedact
    8'  Aeoline
    4'  Octave 
    4'  Flute
    4'  Gambette
    4'  Octave Celeste
    16' Vox Humana
    8'  Tuba
    8'  Trumpet
    8'  Clarinet
    8'  Vox Humana
    Swell Suboctave
    Swell Off
    Swell Octave
    16' Aeoline t.c.
    8'  Horn Diapason
    8'  Concert Flute
    8'  Viol d'Orchestre
    8'  Gedact
    8'  Aeoline
    8'  Unda Maris t.c.
    4'  Lieblich Flute
    4'  Dulcet
    4'  Unda Maris
    16' Ophecleide
    8'  Tuba
    8'  Clarinet
    8'  Vox Humana
    4'  Clarion
    Choir Suboctave
    Choir Off
    Choir Octave
    Swell to Choir Suboctave
    Swell to Choir
    Swell to Choir Octave
    32' Resultant Bass (Bourdon)
    16' Diapason Phonon (Diaphone bass)
    16' Contra Tibia Clausa
    16' Bourdon
    8'  Flute
    8'  Cello
    16' Ophecleide
    16' Vox Humana
    8'  Tuba
    4'  Clarion
    Great to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal Octave
    Choir to Pedal
    Divisional pistons
    Suitable Bass tablets for each manual 
    Crescendo Pedal
    Main Expression Pedal
    Tuba Expression Pedal
    Rank analysis (13):
    Diapason Phonon 16-8 (originally unenclosed, enclosed ca. 1937)
    Tibia Clausa 16-8 (originally unenclosed, enclosed ca. 1937)
    Horn Diapason/Octave 8-4
    Concert Flute/Bourdon/Flute 16-4
    Viol d'Orchestre/Gambette 8-4
    Viol Celeste 8-4
    Gedact/Lieblich Flute 8-4
    Aeoline 8-4
    Unda Maris (t.c.) 8-4
    Tuba/Ophecleide/Clarion 16-4
    Trumpet 8 (originally Cornopean)
    Clarinet 8
    Vox Humana 16-4
     [Received from scot huntington 2013-05-05.]
  • Click Here private correspondence Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.