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Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Basilica
Mission Hill
Boston (Roxbury Crossing), Massachusetts 02120

Mission Church

OHS Database ID 8517.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 204.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 24, 2017.
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Technical Details

Slider chests with EP pull-downs (externally mounted).

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 76 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. 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. Hitchdown couplers.


  • The original builder was George S. Hutchings (1897, Opus 410). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1995 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • New slider chests. A new console was provided, though the bat-wing console still existed. The tonal work in consultation with Charles Fisk. Historic Organs Recital 22 Oct 1989. Additional modifications and tonal changes by Lahaise in 1997. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Posted to PipeChat August 30, 2009 by Dick Lahaise: -- The organ at Mission Church was built in 1897 by George Hutchings (Opus 410) Bob and Dick Lahaise of Jamaica Plain in consultation with Charles Fisk modified the action, extended the pedal compass to 32 and rebuilt the chests in 1968 and made further tonal reinstatements in 1997. (by which time Bob had died of cancer) Scott Huntington wrote in the OHS 2000 yearbook, "The 1968 rebuild of the Mission Church Hutchings aimed to give the organ a fluency in French and German Baroque music. More recent attention has endeavored to restore some of the opulent provision of eight foot tone found in the 1897 specification. The Great plenum and effective chorus reeds throughout the instrument remain essentially intact." (James Cook. August 31, 2009)
  • Updated by William Catanesye, who maintains the organ.
    Pedal compass expanded from 30 to 32 in 1968 (Steven E. Lawson. November 24, 2017)

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Nave, Gallery, and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2008-09-15

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    Mission Church, Boston (Roxbury), MA
    Geo. S. Hutchings, Opus 410
    * new pipework, 1968 (Lahaise)
    + moved or reworked
        Double Diapason          16'
        Open Diapason             8'
        Doppel Flute+             8'
        Spitz Flute               8'
        Octave                    4'
        Chimney Flute*            4'
        Fugara                    4'
        Twelfth               2 2/3'
        Fifteenth                 2'
        Nighthorn+                2'
        Tierce*               1 3/5'
        Cymbal                  VII
        Mixture                   V
        Scharf                  III
        Posaune                  16'
        Trumpet                   8'
        Clarion                   4'
        Swell to Great   16', 8', 4'
        Choir to Great   16', 8', 4'
        Great to Great            4'
        Great Unison Off
        Gedeckt                   8'
        Principal                 4'
        Spindle Flute*            4'
        Octave                    2'
        Sesquialtera*            II
        Mixture*                 IV
        Cremona                   8'
    Swell to Choir       16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Choir       16', 4'
    Choir Unison Off
        Bourdon                  16'
        Diapason                  8'
        Gedeckt                   8'
        Viola                     8'
        Viola Celeste             8'
        Octave                    4'
        Koppel Flote*             4'
        Nazard*               2 2/3'
        Block Flote*              2'
        Tierce*               1 3/5'
        Larigot*              1 1/3'
        Mixture*              III-V
        Fagot                    16'
        Trompette                 8'
        Oboe                      8'
        Vox Humana                8'
        Shawm                     4'
    Swell to Swell            16',4'
    Swell Unison Off
        Bourdon                  32'
        Principal                16'
        Bourdon                  16'
        Violone                  16'
        Dulciana                 16'
        Octave                    8'
        Flute                     8'
        Cello                     8'
        Quint                 5 1/3'
        Super Octave              4'
        Flute*                    4'
        Flute*                    2'
        Mixture*                 IV
        Trombone                 16'
        Trumpet                   8'
    Great to Pedal            8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal            8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal                8'
    Pedal to Pedal                4'
    Solo division on slider chest with pneumatic action. new slider chests were 
    patterned directly from the Hutchings toeboards. A new console was provided, 
    though the bat-wing console still existed. The tonal work, intended to brighten 
    and expand the harmonic palette, was undertaken in consultation with Charles 
    Fisk. New upper work was included in the swell, choir, and pedal divisions 
    (mutations, mixtures, etc.). The reeds were revoiced to keep their fiery quality 
    on lower pressure. Not all of the original pipework was incorporated, the most 
    notable omissions being the solo tuba and the choir foundations. However, much 
    of this pipework has stood in the original toeboards for the past 25+ years, 
    awaiting the chance to sing again.
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.