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Ernest M. Skinner (Opus 135, 1906)

Location:

College of the City of New York
Convent Avenue at 140th Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10031 US
Great Hall
Organ ID: 19640

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on February 06, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 65 ranks. 3,846 pipes. 4 manuals. 84 stops. 63 registers.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 06, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 84
  • Registers: 63
  • Position: Movable console.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 06, 2019.
Database Manager on February 07, 2019:

Updated by Dalton Whiteside, who gave this as the source of the information: I have worked at the Archives of CCNY and I conducted an effort to get a new organ in the Great Hall. I wrote a report on the organ and act as architectural historian for the college..

The first organist at CCNY was Samuel Atkinson Baldwin who worked at the college from 1907-1932. Within his tenure, he performed 1,362 organ recitals for the public and by his retirement was named \"organist of the city of new york\". His successor was Charles Heinroth who continued to provide organ lessons until 1942. The Great Hall became the college Technology Library in the 1950\'s and the organ was simply covered in a sheet. In 1963, the Great Hall was being converted back to a ceremonial space and the Skinner organ was found not to work so it was thrown out. An Allen electric organ replaced the Skinner in 1963 which only operated until 1975, and it was removed in 1978. Only the original Skinner facade pipes survive.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 07, 2019.

Database Manager on November 19, 2005:

Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Additions and alterations in 1932, #135-A; in 1933, #A-681 to rebuild console; in 1934, #J-5214, in 1937, #135-B for additions, in 1937, #J-5635, in 1938, #J-5770; and in 1941, #A-500; removed in the 1960s.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 03, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project.

Console: Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project.

Organ case: Photograph from the NYC AGO Organ Project.

Facade: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Samuel Baldwin at the organ: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

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