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Austin Organ Co. (Opus 443, 1913)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church / Downtown Presbyterian Church
154 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN US
Organ ID: 11533

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 28 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 26, 2013:

Updated through online information from Paul Dessau. -- email from Austin organs--"The Organ contract was signed and the organ installed in 1913, later renovated in 1972 by Milnar Pipe Organ Service."

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

Database Manager on September 17, 2012:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin. -- To clarify, this facility was built as First Presbyterian in 1850. In 1955, the majority of the congregation moved to the suburbs and took the name First Presbyterian with them. The minority of the congregation bought the old building and chose the new name Downtown Presbyterian. Downtown Presbyterian's building was designed by William Strickland in Egyptian Revival style. The first organ was built by E. & G G Hook with a case in the same exotic style. The Austin case replaced the Hook case and it too is in Egyptian Revival style.

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

Database Manager on August 23, 2005:

On-line update from Melvin Potts -- Aeolian-Skinner console added 1946. Organ was substantially rebuilt and altered by the Milnar Organ Company in early 70s.

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

Database Manager on December 17, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 16, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Taken from console sometime in late 1960s
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Contract for a new organ: Open In New Tab Stop specifications, with penciled scale notes
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Postcard Image (ca. 1910) submitted by William Dunklin.

Chancel, Console, and Pipe Facade: Photograph courtesy of Austin Organ Company and supplied by Paul Dessau.

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade: Photograph courtesy of Austin Organ Company and supplied by Paul Dessau.

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