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Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48214

OHS Database ID 6626.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 19, 2016.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 60 stops. 77 registers. 68 ranks. 4560 pipes. 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. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1995. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored 1976 by K & D Organ Service. Historic Organs Recital 19 May 1989. Remote capture combination action. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    New Echo Trumpet installed in 1935, #G-281, with original pipes stored in church; original and unaltered; refurbished by Dorothy and Ken Holden in 1916. (Database Manager. January 19, 2006)
  • Contract signed in early 1924. Installation, final finishing, and tuning were completed by late March 1926. (Database Manager. May 25, 2015)
  • Opening recital was by Palmer Christian, on 8 April 1926. (Database Manager. May 25, 2015)
  • Updated through online information from Alex Wilson. (Database Manager. September 19, 2016)

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Photographs

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Chancel and Organ Case. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Great Pipework. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Swell Chest East. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Swell Chest West. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Flute Triangular. (first extant Skinner example) Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Choir Pipework East. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Choir Pipework West. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Harp. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Choir Pipework (Clarinet and Orchestral Oboe). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Solo Pipework Upstairs (Gambas, Stentorphone, English Horn and French Horn). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Solo Pipework (Tuba Mirabilis, Tuba Clarion, Tuba, Ophicleide). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Stentorphone - Low C - 38 scale. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Echo Location (above the Willet window). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Echo Pipework. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Echo Pipework. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
32' Bombarde Boots C and C#. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Bombarde Pipework (8' and 4' Extension). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Spencer Blower (15 HP, 3-stage). Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Console. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Case Carving Detail. (under "impost") Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Solo Pipe Facade. (center flat is the Pedal Violone) Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003)
Organ Case (Main Organ and Solo Organ). Photograph by René Troost 2018-10-13
Organ Case. Photograph by René Troost 2018-10-13
Console. Photograph by René Troost 2018-10-12
Echo organ. Photograph by René Troost 2018-10-13
Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1960s)

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Stoplist

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  • Specification from The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner by Dorothy Holden (OHS: 1987)
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 475   1924            4 manuals, 60 stops, 68 ranks
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
               GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
           16' Diapason             73             16' Bourdon              73
            8' First Diapason       61              8' First Diapason       73
            8' Second Diapason      61              8' Second Diapason      73
            8' Claribel Flute       73              8' Clarabella           73
            8' Erzähler             73              8' Gedeckt              73
            4' Octave               73              8' Gamba                73
            4' Flute                73              8' Voix Celeste II     146
        2 2/3' Twelfth              61              8' Flauto Dolce         73
            2' Fifteenth            61              8' Flute Celeste (TC)   61
           16' Ophicleide           SO              8' Aeoline              73
            8' Tromba               73              8' Unda Maris (TC)      61
            8' Tuba                 SO              4' Octave               73
            4' Clarion              73              4' Flute Triangulaire   73
            4' Tuba Clarion         SO              4' Unda Maris II       122
               Chimes               EC              2' Flautino             61
                                                    V  Mixture             305
               CHOIR ORGAN                         16' Posaune              73
           16' Gamba                61              8' Cornopean            73
            8' Diapason             61              8' Flügel Horn          73
            8' Concert Flute        61              8' Vox Humana           73
            8' Kleine Erzähler II  110              4' Clarion              73
            4' Flute                61                 Tremolo
        2 2/3' Nazard               61
            2' Piccolo              61                 PEDAL ORGAN
            8' Clarinet             61             16' Diapason             32
            8' Orchestral Oboe      61             16' Diapason             GT
               Tremolo                             16' Violone              32
            8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Bourdon              32
            4' Celesta              61 bars        16' Gamba                CH
                                                   16' Echo Lieblich        SW
               SOLO ORGAN                           8' Octave               12
            8' Stentorphone         73              8' Gedeckt              12
            8' Gamba                73              8' Cello                12
            8' Gamba Celeste        73              8' Still Flute          SW
           16' Ophicleide           73              4' Super Octave         12
            8' Tuba Mirabilis       73              4' Flute                12
            8' Tuba                 73              2' Piccolo              12
            8' French Horn          73             32' Bombarde             32
            8' English Horn         73             16' Trombone             12
            4' Tuba Clarion         73             16' Posaune              SW
               Tremolo                              8' Tromba               12
                                                    4' Clarion              12
               ECHO ORGAN                              Chimes               EC
            8' Diapason             61
            8' Chimney Flute        61                 COUPLERS
            8' Voix Celeste II     122                 Swell to Pedal       8  4
            4' Flute                61                 Great to Pedal       8
            8' Tromba               61                 Choir to Pedal       8  4
            8' Vox Humana           61                 Solo to Pedal        8  4
               Tremolo                                 Swell to Great   16  8  4
               Chimes               25 tubes           Choir to Great   16  8  4
                                                       Solo to Great    16  8  4
               COMBINATIONS                            Swell to Choir       8  4
               Solo & Echo  8  (thumb)                 Solo to Choir        8
               Swell        8  (thumb)                 Swell to Solo        8
               Great        6  (thumb)                 Great to Solo        8
               Choir        6  (thumb)                 Great to Great          4
               Pedal        6  (toe)                   Swell to Swell   16     4
               General      6  (thumb)                 Choir to Choir   16     4
               General Cancel                          Solo to Solo     16     4
               Pedal combinations to manual,
                 on & off: Swell, Great,               REVERSIBLES
                 Choir, Solo & Echo                    Great to Pedal  (thumb & pedal)
                                                       Swell to Pedal  (thumb)
               MECHANICALS                             Choir to Pedal  (thumb)
               Choir expression pedal                  Sforzando       (thumb & pedal)
               Swell expression pedal
               Solo & Echo expression pedal
               Crescendo pedal (with light indicator)
               Octave Coupler Off (manual piston)
               All Swells to Swell (hitchdown pedal)
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-05-25]