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St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Cathedral
1350 Washington Street
Denver, Colorado

Nave

OHS Database ID 8.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 215.


Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 6, 2011.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 96 ranks. 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. Adjustable combination pistons. 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.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1990 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Bryan Dunnewald. -- Recently undergoing renovation. Substitute is a 2 manual Hook and Hastings. Console renovated in 20th century to be solid state. The renovation will most likely take 2 years. (Database Manager. August 15, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Renovation completed in October 2011 by Spencer Organ Company of Boston. Recital series beginning in November 2011 (on-line article in Denver Post dated 11/04/2011) (Database Manager. November 6, 2011)

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Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1997-05-04
Chancel and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1997-05-04

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Stoplist

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  • Antiphonal Stoplists Proposed by Kimball

  • ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL KIMBALL ANTIPHONAL DIVISION
    
    There are five specifications that were offered by Kimball. The original
    documents are in the possession of Rick Morel who inherited the files of
    Fred Meunier who was the area Kimball representative intimately involved
    with the original installation of St. John¹s organ. The five specifications
    appear to be cost driven. Just incidentally, the smallest proposal was to
    cost $6,100. Hand written notes on the small specifications indicate that
    consoles were available at extra cost. The individual specifications are
    listed below just as stated by Kimball. Combination and accessories were
    pretty standard so I did not include them.
    
    SPECIFICATION OF ANTIPHONAL ORGAN FOR ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL, DENVER,
    COLORADO: PLAYABLE FROM PRESENT CONSOLE BY MEANS OF STOP CONTROLS AND
    COUPLERS AVAILABLE.
    
    MANUAL
    
    PITCH        NAME OF STOP     PIPES          MATERIALS AND REMARKS
    8¹     First Diapason           73          metal
    8¹     Second diapason          73          metal
    8¹     Cor de Nuit              73          wood and metal
    8¹     Viole de Gambe           73          metal
    4¹     Octave                   73          metal
    4¹      Flute Triangulaire      73          wood
    II     Rauschquinte (12-15)    122          metal
    III     Cornet (17-19-22)      183          metal
    8¹     Posaune                  73          reeds, metal
         tremolo
    
    PEDAL
    16¹     Bourdon                 32          wood
    8¹     Octave                   32          metal
    8¹     Gedeckt                  12          ext. of Bourdon 16¹
    4¹     Choral Bass              32          metal
    16¹     Posaune                 12          ext. of Posaune 8¹
    
    SPECIFICATION OF ANTIPHONAL ORGAN FOR ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL, DEVNER,
    COLORADO: PLAYABLE FORM PRESENT CONSOLE BY MEANS OF STOP CONTROLS AND
    COUPLERS AVAILABLE.
    
    MANUAL
    16¹     Spitzflote               73          metal
    8¹     First Diapason            73          metal
    8¹      Second Diapason          73          metal
    8¹     Waldflote                 73          wood, open
    8¹     Cor de Nuit               73          wood and metal
    8¹     Viole de Gambe            73          metal
    8¹     Viole Celeste             73          metal
    8¹     Erzahler                  73          metal
    4¹     Octave                    73          metal
    4¹     Flute Triangulaire        73          wood, open
    II     Rauschquinte (12-15)     122          metal
    III     Cornet (17-19-22/       183          metal
    8¹     Trumpet                               reeds. Metal*
         tremolo
    
    PEDAL
    16¹     Principal                32          heavy metal
    16¹     Bourdon                  32          wood
    16¹     Spitzflote                           from Manual
    8¹     Octave                    32          metal
    8¹     Spitzflote                            from Spitzflote 16¹
    4¹     Choral Bass               32          metal
    16¹     Posaune                  12          ext. of Posaune 8¹
              *some confusion, but this is as written
    
    SPECIFICATION OF ANTIPHONAL ORGAN FOR ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL, DENVER,
    COLORADO: PLAYABLE FROM PRESENT CONSOLE BY MEANS OF STOP CONTROLS AND
    COUPLERS AVAILABLE.
    
    MANUAL
    16¹     Violone                  73          heavy metal
    16¹     Echo Lieblich            73          wood and metal
    8¹     First Diapason            73          metal
    8¹     Second Diapason           73          metal
    8¹     Waldflote                 73          wood, open
    8¹     Cor de Nuit               73          wood and metal
    8¹      Viole de Gambe           73          metal
    8¹     Viole Celeste             73          metal
    8¹     Erzahler celeste II      134          metal
    4¹     Octave                    73          metal
    4¹     Principal                 73          metal
    4¹     Flute Triangulaire        73          wood, open
    II     Rauschquinte (12-15)     122          metal
    III     Cornet (17-19-22)       183          metal
    16¹     Posaune                  73          reeds, metal
    8¹     Trumpet                   73          reeds, metal
    4¹      Clarion                  73          reeds, metal
           tremolo
    
    PEDAL
    16¹     Principal               32          heavy metal
    16¹     Bourdon                 32          wood
    16¹     Violone                             from Manual
    16¹     Echo Lieblich                       from Manual
    8¹     Octave                   32          metal
    4¹     Choral Bass              32          metal
    16¹     Posaune                            from Manual
    
    The final two specifications include a console.
    
    CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS AND STRUCTURAL DETAILS OF A KIMBALL ORGAN FOR
    GALLERY ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL DENVER, COLORADO This organ is also playable
    from the Main console.
    
    GREAT
    16¹     Violone                 73          metal
    8¹     Open Diapason            73          metal
    8¹     Waldflote                73          wood, open
    8¹     Erzahler                 73          metal
    8¹     Erzahler celeste T.C.    61          metal
    4¹     Octave                   73          metal
    2 2/3¹     Twelfth              61          metal
    2¹     Fifteenth                61          metal
         tremolo
    
    SWELL
    16¹     Echo Lieblich           73          wood and metal
    8¹     Diapason                 73          metal
    8¹     Cor de Nuit              73          wood and metal
    8¹     Viole de Gambe           73          metal
    8¹     Viole Celeste            73          metal
    4¹     Principal                73          metal
    4¹     Flute Triangulaire       73          wood, open
    III     Cornet (17-19-22)      183          metal
    16¹     Posaune                 73          reeds, metal
    8¹     trumpet                  73          reeds, metal
    4¹     Clarion                  73          reeds, metal
         tremolo
    
    PEDAL
    16¹     Principal               32          heavy metal
    16¹     Bourdon                 32          wood
    16¹     Violone                             from Great
    16¹     Echo Lieblich                       from Swell
    8¹     Octave                   32          metal
    8¹     Flute                                from Swell
    8¹     Cello                                from Great
    8¹     Stillgedeckt                         from Swell
    4¹     Choral Bass              32          metal
    4¹     Flute                    12          ext. of Bourdon 16¹
    16¹     Posaune                             from Swell
    8¹     Trumpet                              from Swell Posaune 16¹
    4¹     Clarion                              from Swell Posaune 16¹
    
    CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS AND STRCTURAL DETAILS OF A KIMALL ORGAN FOR GALLERY
    ST. JOHN¹S CATHEDRAL DENVER, COLO. This organ is also playable from the Main
    console.
    
    GREAT
    8¹     Open Diapason          73          metal
    8¹     Waldflote              73          wood, open
    8¹     Erzahler               73          metal
    4¹     Octave                 73          metal
    2 2/3¹ Twelfth                61          metal
    2¹     Fifteenth              61          metal
           Tremolo
    
    SWELL
    16¹    Spitzflote              73          metal
    8¹     Diapason                73          metal
    8¹     Cor de Nuit             73          wood and metal
    8¹     Viole de Gambe          73          metal
    8¹     Viole Celeste           73          metal
    4¹     Flute Triangulaire      73          wood, open
    III     Cornet (17-19-22)     183          metal
    8¹     Trumpet                 73          Reeds, metal
         tremolo
    
    PEDAL
    16¹     Principal              32          heavy metal
    16¹     Bourdon                32          wood
    16¹     Spitzflote                         from Swell
    8¹     Octave                  32          metal
    8¹     Flute                   12          ext. of Bourdon 16¹
    8¹     Spitzflote                          from Swell
    4¹     Choral Bass             32          metal
    4¹     Flute                   12          ext. 16¹ Bourdon
    16¹     Posaune                            ext. Trumpet 8¹
    8¹     Trumpet                             from Swell
    4¹     Clarion                             from Swell Trumpet 8¹
    
    {Posted to PIPORG-L April 20, 2009 by Jon Busch]
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