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Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 1527, 1931)

Location:

Madison Avenue Baptist Church
30 East 31st Street at Madison Avenue
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10016 US
Organ ID: 17260

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on September 15, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 30 ranks. 2,103 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 27 stops. 47 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side 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 September 15, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 27
  • Registers: 47
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on September 15, 2019.
Database Manager on September 16, 2019:

One of the early twentieth-century 'skyscraper churches,' the church was housed in the lower floors of the 15-story Roger Williams Hotel, named after the Rhode Island theologian and abolitionist who started the first Baptist Church in America; the organ was replaced by an electronic in the 1990's; the hotel is now the luxury Roger Hotel New York.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 16, 2019.

Database Manager on August 31, 2011:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 15, 2019.

Database Manager on April 07, 2005:

Identified through information in Volume VIII p. 46 of the Pilcher factory ledger and the list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below.

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

Database Manager on April 07, 2005:

Original price: $20,000. With echo. Photo Archives 4111.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist copied from <i>The American Organist</i> November 1932: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on September 16, 2019.
Pilcher Organs: Open In New Tab Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt
Document created on 2005-04-05
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2002-09-09

Church interior: Postcard in collection of Steven E. Lawson.

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