OHS Database ID 7222.
The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
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 April 1, 2008.
Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.
Three manuals. 36 ranks.
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|Keydesk. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01|
|Angled view from adjacent gallery. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01|
|Case. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01|
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church This instrument is a three-manual tracker built by Hilbourne Roosevelt in 1880. The acquisition of such a very fine instrument was not typical of Irish parrishes in South Philadelhia. The obvious instigator of so fine a purchace was the composer of Catholic church music Albert RoSewig, a German national who served as Director of Music at St. Borromeo for thirty-fie years -- until his death in 1929. The organ is in exactly the same form as when it was built with the exception of an electric motor put in in 1904. It has regrettably suffered some damage in the early 2000s. A couple of hunderd pipes were stolen mainly from the bass. For what reason we do not know. It afftects the Great and Choir as well as the Fagatto in the pedals. The instrument itself is nonetheless quite playable and is played every sunday. We need to raise money to restore the pipes. The bellows system is also in poor shape. All of the wooden ranks are complete. I have restored the Clarion down to middle C, but the Trumpet is too far gone. The accoustics of this church are excellent such that this could be a very important instrument. The Stop list is as follows: Great 16 Diapason 8 Diapason 8 Gamba 8 Doppel flute 4 Principal 4 Wald flute 2 2/3 Twelth 2 Fifteenth Mixture III 8 Trumpet 4 Clarion Swell 16 Bourdon 8 (uncertain, perhaps a soft diapson, has a full harnonic sound) The end is broken off. 8 Salicional 8 Stopped Diapson 4 Violina 4 Harmonic Flute 2 Flageolet Cornet II 8 Cornopaen 8 Oboe Choir 8 Violin Diapason 8 Dulciana 8 Melodia 4 Rohr Flute 3 Nazard 2 Piccolo 8 Clarinet Pedal 16 Open Diapson 16 Bourdon 8 Violin Cello 8 Fagotta Couplers (all use pistons between the manuals) Swell to Pedal Swell to Great Choir to Great Swell to Choir Great to Pedal Choir to Pedal Presets I. Great: Doppel Flute, 2 Fifteenth, 2 2/3 Twelth II. Great: All stops III. Swell: Stopped Diapason, Salicional IV. Swell: All stops Great to Pedal foot switch [Received via e-mail from James Hale March 30, 2007.]