The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Girard College
2101 South College Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121

Chapel

OHS Database ID 9032.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 188, 1996-07-05.

OHS Convention Organ, 2016.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 16, 2012.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 80 stops. 100 registers. 106 ranks. 6829 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top. The console is on a lift.

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 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Tonal changes Burger & Schafer in 1972; some changes reversed 1986; Austin console in 1986. Restoration work by A. Thompson-Allen in 1991. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L March 9, 2008 by Nathan Smith: -- "I had the honor of tuning the pipes of the Girard instrument for the last five years up until I relocated to NY last fall.
    Although there are modifications to the voicing and missing/replaced mixture ranks in places, the vast majority of the organ is more-or-less there. The Solo Tubas have been goosed and "Frenchified", there are two ranks that have been simply swapped around, and several soft ranks that have been ruined at some point, their beards plucked and/or mouths cut-up with what could only have been fingernail clippers. It is also reasonable to assume the reports of the 32' Bombarde having been loudened as it is a real rip-snorter; pretty out of character for a Wood-bassed rank of its kind. The poor Tuba Mirabilis still sports the hooks and supports that were soldered all over it to hang it upside-down, though it now rests on its side grazing the chamber ceiling opening. Most of the conical reeds were fitted with slides that have a habit of falling down, ... .
    The organ chambers and surrounding attic are probably one of the coolest organ-spaces on earth." (James Cook. March 10, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Doug Backman. (Database Manager. February 16, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Julien Girard. (Database Manager. February 27, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno. (Database Manager. June 16, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno. (Database Manager. June 16, 2012)

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Photographs

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Chapel Exterior. Photograph by Julien Girard 2011-06-01
Tuba Mirabilis Pipework. Photograph by Julien Girard 2011-06-01
Chapel Exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2007-05-02
Chapel Interior, Chancel, and Chamber Grillework (ceiling). Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2007-05-02
Chancel and Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2007-05-02
Chancel and Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2007-05-02

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Stoplist

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Girard College - Chapel
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 872   1931          4 manuals, 80 stops, 106 ranks
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    
               GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
           32' Violone              5 PED          16' Bourdon             73
           16' Open Diapason       61               8' Open Diapason       73
            8' First Diapason      61               8' Geigen Diapason     73
            8' Second Diapason     61               8' Gedeckt             73
            8' Third Diapason      61 (in CH)       8' Salicional          73
            8' Principal Flute     61               8' Voix Celeste        73
            8' Stopped Diapason    61 (in CH)       8' Viol d'Orchestre    73
            8' Erzähler            61 (in CH)       8' Viol Celeste        73
            8' Erzähler Celeste    61 (in CH)       8' Flauto Dolce        73
            8' Cello               61 (in CH)       8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
        5 1/3' Quinte              61               4' Octave              73
            4' Octave              61               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
            4' Principal           61           2 2/3' Nazard              61
        2 2/3' Twelfth             61               2' Flautino            61
            2' Fifteenth           61               V  Chorus Mixture     305
            V  Chorus Mixture     305              IV  Cornet Mixture     244
           IV  Harmonics          244              16' Posaune             73
           16' Trumpet             61               8' Cornopean           73
            8' Tromba              61               8' French Trumpet      73
            8' Trumpet             61 (in CH)       8' Oboe d'Amore        73
            4' Clarion             61               8' Vox Humana          73
               Chimes              SO               4' Clarion             73
            8' Harp                CH                  Tremolo
            4' Celesta             CH                  Chimes              SO
                                                    8' Harp                CH
               CHOIR ORGAN                          4' Celesta             CH
           16' Dulciana            73
            8' Geigen Diapason     73                  ECHO ORGAN
            8' Spitz Flute         73               8' Diapason            61
            8' Concert Flute       73               8' Wald Flute          61
            8' Viol d'Orchestre    73               8' Echo Gamba          61
            8' Viol Celeste        73               8' Dulcet              61
            8' Dulciana            73               4' Flute Triangulaire  61
            8' Unda Maris (TC)     61               8' Vox Humana          61
            4' Flute d'Amore       73                  Tremolo
            4' Octave Dulciana     73
        2 2/3' Twelfth Dulciana    --                  PEDAL ORGAN
            2' Fifteenth Dulciana  12              32' Open Diapason       12
            2' Piccolo             61              32' Violone             12
          III  Carillon Mixture   183              32' Resultant           --
           16' Bassoon             73              16' Diapason            32
            8' Clarinet            61              16' Contra Bass         32
            8' Orchestral Oboe     61              16' Metal Diapason      GT
               Tremolo                             16' Bourdon             32
               Chimes              SO              16' Dulciana            CH
            8' Harp                                16' Echo Lieblich       SW
            4' Celesta                              8' Octave Diapason     12
                                                    8' Principal           12
               SOLO ORGAN                           8' Gedeckt             12
            8' Flauto Mirabilis    73               8' Still Gedeckt       SW
            8' Gamba               73               4' Flute               12
            8' Gamba Celeste       73               V  Mixture            160
            4' Flute               73              32' Bombarde            12
          VII  Grand Fourniture   427              32' Fagotto             12
           16' Contra Tuba         73              16' Trombone            32
           16' Corno di Bassetto   12              16' Fagotto             12
            8' Tuba Mirabilis      73 (unenc.)     16' Bassoon             CH
            8' Harmonic Tuba       73               8' Tromba              12
            8' French Horn         73                  Chimes              SO
            8' English Horn        73
            8' Corno di Bassetto   73
            4' Clarion             73
               Tremolo
               Chimes
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-07-22]
    
    
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.