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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 551, 1925)

Location:

First Church, Unitarian
66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116 US
Organ ID: 23150

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • 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: EP pitman
  • 101 ranks. 6,565 pipes. 9 divisions. 4 manuals. 92 stops. 114 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
  • Divisions: 9
  • Stops: 92
  • Registers: 114
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on July 03, 2021:

The church and organ burned in 1968, leaving just the shell of the building and the tower, all of which were included in a contemporary-brutalist style replacement building completed in 1972; it has 3/64 Casavant Op. 3140.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on July 03, 2021.

Jeff Scofield on July 03, 2021:

The large 129-stop console (with double rows of couplers) was added in 1925 when Op. 241 was brought over from South Congregational Church and installed in the Channcel of First Church. The console played both organs. The crescendo registers were, from left, Chancel Swell, Gallery Swell, Chancel and Gallery Choir, Chancel Solo, Chancel Register, Gallery Register. William E. Zeuch, vice-president of Skinner, was organist at the church at the time the 1925 work was done. The organ was destroyed by fire in 1968.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on July 03, 2021.

Database Manager on March 23, 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:
#241 moved with new console for double organ incorporating Hutchings-Votey, #1513; Hutchings-Votey overhauled in 1928; three additions in 1930, #551-A; burned in 1968; replaced by Casavant, #3129 in new building.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph from an archival source: THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, November 1932, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1925

Gallery Organ: Photograph from an archival source: THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, November 1932, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1925

Chancel Organ: Photograph from an archival source: THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, November 1932, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1925

Photo taken shortly before the fire: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1960's

New building incorporating the shell and tower of the old: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2013-03-25

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