Pipe Organ Database

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Andover Organ Co. (Opus R405, 2004)

Originally William Nutting, Jr. (1868)
Exhibited in the 2013 OHS convention

Location:

Williamstown United Federated Church
2426 Vermont Route 14
Williamstown, VT 05679 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 2173

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Scot Huntington on April 28, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 18 ranks. 850 pipes. 2 manuals. 18 stops. 20 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 18
  • Registers: 20
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on curved jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Scot Huntington on April 29, 2021:

By the light of day, the upstairs sanctuary has been destroyed but the downstairs fellowship hall is intact with severe water damage. Whether it is salvageable remains to be seen. The fire department assisted in removing the Revere bell the next morning, before what was left of the steeple collapsed. The organ was totally destroyed except for the keyboards, only because the console cover was down. This is especially sad, as it was Nutting's only surviving two-manual organ (including his only surviving Trumpet)- his remaining extant organs being small one-manual and chamber organs. The organ had been throughly rebuilt by Sievert, an ex-Hutchings man, in a late 19th-century style using Hutchings parts (keyboards, stop knobs and engraving, action components, etc.), and with a new case. However the Nutting chests and pipework were completely intact without revoicing, with a few minor tonal changes using Hutchings-style pipework. This organ contained the largest surviving collection of Nutting pipework. Sadly, while the 2013 Vermont convention did an excellent documentation of the organ culture, there was no documentation whatsoever of the individual organs, so any technical knowledge of this one-of-a-kind instrument is now lost.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on April 29, 2021.

Scot Huntington on April 28, 2021:

Sadly, the organ was destroyed by fire the evening of Monday, April 26, 2021. The church was a total loss.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on April 28, 2021.

Database Manager on May 08, 2013:

Updated with information from Stephen Pinel for the 2013 Vermont Convention. -- Relocated from Keene to Bellows Falls, Vermont, in 1909; later relocated to its current home in Williamstown by amateurs in 1938.

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

Database Manager on January 14, 2006:

Updated through on-line information from Stephen Morse. -- Rebuilt by Andover, 2005.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Originally built for the Unitarian Church in Keene, New Hampshire, and rebuilt there by Seaver 1895, 2-20.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from the 2013 OHS Vermont Convention: Open In New Tab Originally published 2013
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on April 28, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Interior and Pipe Façade: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2012-02-26

Keydesk and Pipe Façade: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2012-02-26

Keydesk and Pipe Façade: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2012-02-26

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