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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 414, 1923)

Location:

First Methodist Church / Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 US
Organ ID: 22822

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • 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: EP pitman
  • 64 ranks. 4,316 pipes. 4 manuals. 59 stops. 70 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 59
  • Registers: 70
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on December 09, 2021:

From Wikipedia: The Chicago Temple Building is a 173-meter (568 foot) tall skyscraper church located at 77 W. Washington Street in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is home to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Chicago. It was completed in 1924 and has 23 floors dedicated to religious and office use. It is by one measure the tallest church building in the world based on the distance from the church's street level entrance to the top of the church's spire or steeple. Although by stipulating that a church building's usage be entirely or almost entirely devoted to religious purposes, then, by that standard, Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany at 161.5 metres (530 feet) in height is the tallest church in the world. It was the tallest building in Chicago from 1924 until 1930, when it was surpassed by the Chicago Board of Trade Building. This claim included the height of the steeple to maintain the title over the 35 East Wacker Building which opened in 1927. The building houses three sanctuaries:

Sanctuary 1 is four stories tall on the ground floor with seating available for 1,000 people. Sanctuary 2 is also known as the "Dixon Chapel" and is on the second floor. Sanctuary 3 also known as the "Sky Chapel" is the smallest sanctuary and is situated at the base of the steeple with seating for 30 people.

Floors 4 through 21 of the building are rented office space with one residential area which is used by the Methodist church's senior pastor as a parsonage, occupying the three floors of the spire, just below the Sky Chapel. The sixth floor of the building once held the office of Clarence Darrow, the famous trial attorney.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on December 09, 2021.

Database Manager on January 17, 2006:

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:
Rebuilt by Wicks ca. 1982 with new console; enlarged by Wicks in 1991.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Shop Notes via Allen Kinzey & <i>The Diapason</i>, August 1923: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chamber Grillework: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-07-06

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

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