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James Cole (Opus 361, 1900)

Location:

Residence: Moses T. Stevens / Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill
723 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA 01845 US
Organ ID: 1702

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on November 07, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 10 ranks. 567 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 10 stops. 10 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 November 28, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 10
  • Registers: 10
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on November 28, 2018.
John Roper on November 07, 2021:

Inspected on 11/6/21: Instrument currently not playable. Facade is made up of dummy pipes and 1-24 of the Great 8' Diapason low C of which has a 5" diameter. Out of the facade, the 5th and 33rd pipes are missing. Playing facade pipes are numbers: 16-20, 22-39, and 49. The keyboards are currently missing a cumbined 32 ivories. The blower and tremulant are located in the basement. The blower is a 1/3hp Spencer with 4" output. The motor is a single phase Century repulsion-start motor.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on November 07, 2021.

Database Manager on November 28, 2018:

Updated by Wayne Johnson, who gave this as the source of the information: I have seen the organ (it does not play).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on January 09, 2008:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was built for the Stevens family and installed in their Music Room. The estate was maintained by the family until the 1950s when it was donated to Boston University, who operated it as the Osgood Hill Conference Center. In 1995, it was purchased by the Town of North Andover to protect it, it having been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is still operated as a conference center and as a place that may be rented for functions like weddings and other celebrations. The couplers are operated by mechanical finger pistons placed in the manual keyslips. The Swell Tremolo is also operated by one of these pistons, and the Sw. to Gr. Octave coupler is actuated by a reversible foot lever. At the time of my visit in 1990, the organ hadn't been used in some 15 years. Many of the facade pipes had missing ears, split seams, and numerous dents. 15 ivories were missing from the Great manual keys. The Pedal pipes were cracked. Reservoir leather was dry and flaky. Leather nuts were old and flaking, and the Swell keys had fallen. The Pedal 16' Bourdon was on a ventil chest.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist taken from the console September 2018: Open In New Tab Original document from Wayne Johnson. Originally published 2018-10-01
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Swell/Pedal Stopknobs: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Great Stopknobs: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Keydesk: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Facade: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Pistons: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2018-09-28

Keyboard and facade: Photograph by John Tomaselli on Facebook, submitted by John Roper. Taken on 2016-06-24

Instrument in room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Instrument in room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Keydesk: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Pedalboard: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Console: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Blower box in basement: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Blower: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Instrument with part of the facade removed showing the swell box: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Great pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

Great pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

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Room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

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Room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

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Room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

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Blower box in basement: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-11-06

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