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Harlan Page Seaver (1892)

Originally E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 26, 1836)
Exhibited in the 2013 OHS convention

Location:

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Main Street
Northfield, VT 05663 US
Organ ID: 1031

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 13 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 20 stops. 20 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 20
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a removable panel in front of keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2017:

From notes by E.A. Boadway, 1998: -- The recessed keydesk is finished in mahogany and rosewood veneers, and the speaking case pipes include six basses of the Great 4' Principal in the end flats, and some of the Open Diapason, which has eleven offset open wood basses inside the case. The original stop labels are all missing and are to be replaced.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on January 07, 2016:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.
The new 1976 natural-finish common-metal façade pipes replaced an older set of decorated zinc façade pipes,(likely provided in either 1875 or 1892), which had in turn replaced the original gilded common-metal façade built by Hook. The organ was presented in concert by Lois Regestein during the 2015 Vermont OHS convention.

Prior to the concert, the "temporary" typewritten stop labels were replaced with stylistic replicas of the originals, hand-engraved on bone. The detailed history of the instrument written by Stephen Pinel for the 2013 Organ Atlas reprinted the original contract, stating the purchase price for Warwick was $1,650 against which $350 was allowed for their old organ taken in trade. The contract further stated an additional unspecified stop was added for $50, perhaps the reed stop on the Great.

In 1875, E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings replaced the one octave of G-compass pedal pulldowns with a 2-octave C-compass pedalboard with new pipes and action with 16' Bourdon pipes, new Great to Pedal coupler, and the pipes, chest, and action for the two unenclosed Swell bass stops. The Atlas article further quoted the Northfield St. Mary's church records which stated the organ was purchased second-hand and "...put in thorough repair by Geo. S. Hutchings of Boston, of whom we bought it paying $550 & our old organ."

At the time of the Northfield installation in 1892, Harlan Seaver was the western Massachusetts representative for Hutchings, and installed the organ on their behalf, assisted by George Jeffords of Barre, Vermont. The organ was used the first time on Christmas morning, 1892.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on June 06, 2014:

Updated through online information from Arthur Featherstonhaugh.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on April 25, 2013:

Updated through information uncovered by Stephen Pinel during research for the 2013 Atlas -- Now known to be E. & G.G. Hook Opus 26, 1836, built for St. Mark's, Warren, RI. Slightly enlarged by Hook & Hastings, 1875 and relocated to Northfield in 1892.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on July 21, 2012:

Chronology from E.A. Boadway, 1998: --
ca. 1835
The organ was built by E. & G.G. Hook of Boston for a now-unknown church [Editor's note: See below for correction], and was altered later in the 19th century, by the addition of the two Swell Bass stops and a 16' Sub Bass of 25 notes. There were originally no Pedal pipes, and the Swell bass notes were probably permanently connected to the Great keys.

1892
Replacing an 1858 one-manual Nutting organ in the rear gallery, the Hook was moved to Northfield by Harlan P. Seaver of Springfield, Mass., in December, 1892. The installation cost just $550, plus $175 for the enlargement of the building. An 8' Trumpet or Cremona of Tenor G compass was replaced with an 8' Melodia of Tenor C compass, and the Swell 8' Viol and 8' Hautboy are of late 19th century pipes.

1976
A. David Hoore of North Pomfret, Vt., partially renovated the organ, and the work included altering the bellows, stripping the dark finish from the mahogany case veneer, replacing the once-gilded case pipes, adding two notes to the Pedal stop, installing·a Swell to Pedal Coupler, and replacing the Melodia with a full compass Cremona.

1992
Watersmith Pipe Organs of Enfield, N.H., lowered the Pedal keys into a recess in the floor, making the organ much more comfortable to play.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Relocated from its original home and installed here in 1892. [T 2:2:9 shows a 2-15, c. 1845 Stevens for sale from the Episcopal Church in Northfield, VT. An error for this organ?]

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from 2013 OHS Convention research
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Façade: Photograph by Tim Drewes. Taken on 1986-03-22

Church interior, organ case: Photograph by Len Levasseur, 2012, for the 2013 OHS Convention.

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