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E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings (Opus 871, 1877)

Location:

Methodist Church
Gardner, MA US
Organ ID: 14713

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Charles Eberline on August 18, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 2 manuals. 16 registers.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Registers: 16
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Charles Eberline on July 22, 2020:

The history of the church at its website records the destruction of the church by fire on February 25, 1959:

But in the early morning hours of February 25, 1959, fire totally destroyed the Chestnut Street church. The only thing to survived [sic] the fire was the church tower bell, which now sits outside our church. But the members and leaders were determined to rebuild. And in October 1960, a new church was constructed on the same site.

The destruction of the organ in the church was reported in the April 1959 issue of The Tracker:

Church fires have taken a bad toll of tracker organs in Massachusetts recently. Gone are the 1877 Hook & Hastings in Gardner's Methodist Church, and the 1886 Hook & Hastings in St. Matthew & Redeemer Episcopal Church of South Boston.

Sources:

“Notes, Quotes and Comments,” The Tracker 3, no. 3 (April 1959): 8.

“Our History,” Gardner Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, accessed July 22, 2020, https://gardnerumc.org/about-us/our-history/.

We received the most recent update for this note from Charles Eberline on July 22, 2020.

Database Manager on February 28, 2005:

Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991).

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

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