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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1321, 1955)

Exhibited in the 2012 OHS convention

Location:

First Presbyterian Church
1427 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 US
Organ ID: 22190

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 56 ranks. 3,263 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 45 stops. 59 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 45
  • Registers: 59
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 28, 2008:

Updated 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:
Used pipework from existing 1940 Holtkamp, #1609 rebuild of 1895 Johnson & Son, #823; dedication recital played by Virgil Fox on October 19, 1958.

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

Database Manager on February 09, 2007:

Updated through online information from Martin Hill. -- Tonal changes from original include: -Extension of Pedal reed to play on Great -Extension of Swell 16' Oboe to 32' pitch -Previously mentioned Casavant chamade replaced by a Schopp hooded trumpet In 2001 the console was made moveable. The 32' Oboe pipes have collapsed; A digital 32' Bombarde replaces them; Very mild digital sound suppliments the 16' Principal and 32' Bourdon.

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

Database Manager on December 05, 2005:

Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- While considered a "new organ," this instrument retained many sets from the preceding Holtkamp organ - including sets from the 1895 Johnson and Son organ which was rebuilt by Holtkamp. A Casavant Trompette-en-Chamade was added in 1978, but it has been since removed. Tonal changes were made to the organ ca. 1985.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Organ Dedication: Open In New Tab Liturgy, description, recital program, specification
Document created on 1958-10-19
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on August 24, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Chancel, Pipe Facade, and Console: (1958) Photograph from the Dedication Program; image courtesy of James R. Stettner.

Pipe Façade: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1983-08-01

Console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1983-08-01

Console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1983-08-01

Church interior and window: Photograph by Allix Rogers, via openhousechicago.org, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

Chancel, organ and façade pipes: Photograph by Allix Rogers, via openhousechicago.org, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

Church exterior: Photograph by Allix Rogers, via openhousechicago.org, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

Church interior: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-09

Console: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-09

Console: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-09

Façade pipes: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-09

Church exterior: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-09

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