Pipe Organ Database

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Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 1912, 1940)

Location:

Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist
4910 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006 US
Organ ID: 17732

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Church of Christ, Scientist
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Aaron Jackson on April 30, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 13 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 15 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 15
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021:

Church closed and organ was removed in December 2020.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Aaron Jackson on April 30, 2021:

I helped remove this instrument when the Church closed in December

We received the most recent update for this note from Aaron Jackson on April 30, 2021.

Database Manager on February 01, 2016:

Updated through online information from Harry Spring.
This original Pilcher is currently non playable, but apparently still complete with some wiring, tubular pneumatic offsets disconnected. Has large 49 note Deagan Vibra Harp/Celesta in probably restorable condition with vacuum actuated mechanism with its own 110v motor.

Swell is on left side, Great on right side which also has set of 21 tubular chimes with pneumatic action. Has newer White blower and Durst rectifer. Now replaced with used Allen Renaissance organ with 13 large speaker systems located in both chambers and 'bunker' underneath stage area.

Original Pilcher console in restorable condition in "swallows nest" balcony in rear specifically built for organ console. Most pipe work in good condition. 73 note Vox in Box on swell side with 8' Cornopean, Salicional and Celeste. Great side has 16' Open Diapason with lowest notes on floor underneath chests. Swell shades on both sides open both into sanctuary and altar area with individual motors for each shade.

Beautifully renovated sanctuary, bright and airy with very roomy seating and new carpeting throughout. A must see period room. I was involved in installing Allen organ the past couple of days (1/21 & 1/22/2016).

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

Database Manager on April 07, 2005:

Identified through information in Vol VIII p. 172 of the Pilcher factory ledgers and a 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: $4,775

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Taken from console: Open In New Tab Originally published December 2020
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Aaron Jackson on April 30, 2021.
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 T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2016-06-14

Console in rear balcony: Photograph by Aaron Jackson. Taken on 2020-12-17

Church interior from balcony: Photograph by Aaron Jackson. Taken on 2020-12-17

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