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Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 794, 1913)

Location:

Christ Church, Episcopal
663 Douglas St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403 US
Organ ID: 17541

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican 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 November 22, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 19 ranks. 1,113 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops. 21 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman 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 November 22, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 21
  • 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.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on November 22, 2019.
Database Manager on November 22, 2019:

The church interior was completed according to plans by Ralph Adams Cram.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 23, 2019.

Database Manager on April 26, 2006:

Updated through on-line information from William Barger. -- This organ was moved to the back gallery of the church by Norville Hall and Associates, Mentone, Alabama, in 1960. The work was not well done, and the instrument was never at all satisfactory. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, the pipes were sold one at a time to the congregation and the remainder of the organ scrapped. A Möller Artiste (4-rank) from St. Mark's Episcopal, Dalton GA, was installed in the gallery until the present Richards, Fowkes instrument was installed. The façade pipes on both sides are still extant as is the 16' First Open Diapason. Many of these pipes played on both the Swell and Great, and it was most unsatisfactory to be missing those notes when the rest of the organ was moved to the rear gallery. The first open diapason is the only front stop that was playable after the rest of the organ was moved.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 22, 2019.

Database Manager on April 07, 2005:

Identified through information in Volume V p. 6 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:

Pilcher made repairs and moved the console as their Op. 1528.5 in 1930.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist courtesy of the OHS Archives: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on November 23, 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:

Facade pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-11-18

Chancel and facade pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-11-18

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-11-18

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