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Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
1316 Park Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21217

OHS Database ID 7306.

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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 April 6, 2011.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 40 stops. 46 registers. 45 ranks. 2856 pipes. 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, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Tonally unaltered in 1987. Some work by Jim Akright. Some mechanical restoration begun by Columbia Organ Works in 1987. [Replaced an 1889 3m. Steere & Turner Op. 296.] (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:
    Replaced 1889 three manual Steere & Turner, #296; tonally unaltered; some mechanical restoration begun by Columbia Organ Works in 1987; work ongoing. (Database Manager. May 16, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- According to the Wikipedia article about the church/organ: "The 4-manual Ernest M. Skinner pipe organ has 2,939 pipes and remains essentially the same today as when it was installed in 1931 and tonally finished by G. Donald Harrison, as Skinner's opus 839. The organ underwent a complete restoration between 2002–2005, with all original 45 ranks of the instrument fully preserved. A 99-memory level Capture System was added to the organ in 2005." (Database Manager. July 5, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from Paul Marchesano. -- Adding the pipe count on the detailed specification available form the church's website, the pipe count is 2856. There are 61 struck bars on the Harp + Celesta. (Database Manager. April 6, 2011)

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Skinner Organ Co., Boston Mass, Opus 839, 1930.

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 839   1930       4 manuals, 40 stops, 45 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
         16' Double Diapason     61              8' Diapason            73
          8' First Diapason      61              8' Rohrflöte           73
          8' Second Diapason     61              8' Salicional          73
          8' Harmonic Flute      61              8' Voix Celeste        73
          4' Octave              61              8' Flute Celeste II   134
          4' Flute               61              4' Octave              73
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61              4' Flute Triangulaire  73
          2' Fifteenth           61              V  Mixture            305
          8' Tromba              61             16' Waldhorn            73
             Chimes                              8' Trumpet             73
                                                 8' Oboe d'Amour        73
             CHOIR ORGAN                         8' Vox Humana          73
         16' Contra Gamba        73              4' Clarion             73
          8' Geigen Principal    73                 Tremolo
          8' Concert Flute       73
          8' Dulciana            73                 PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Unda Maris (TC)     61             32' Contra Bourdon      --
          4' Flute               73             16' First Diapason      32
      2 2/3' Nazard              61             16' Second Diapason     GT
          8' Clarinet            73             16' Contra Bass         32
             Tremolo                            16' Bourdon             32
          8' Harp (TC)           --             16' Contra Gamba        CH
          4' Celesta             61 bars         8' Octave              12
                                                 8' Gedeckt             12
             SOLO ORGAN                         16' Trombone            44
          8' Flauto Mirabilis    73             16' Waldhorn            SW
          8' Gamba               73                 Chimes              GT
          8' Gamba Celeste       73
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73
          8' French Horn         73
          8' English Horn        73
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-07-10]
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.