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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 686, 1928)

Location:

St. Mary's R.C. Church
423 First Street N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 US
Organ ID: 23420

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 22 ranks. 1,444 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 19 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 23
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe 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.
Database Manager on December 24, 2009:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Housed inside the retained case of the previous used, 1864 Garrett House instrument.

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

Database Manager on December 22, 2009:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- The organ was donated as a memorial for Philip Fritz by his family. It is housed in a case that was part of the church's previous organ (an instrument designed by Garret House and purchased from Notre Dame University in 1876). During the 1970's, the Skinner organ went through a semi-restoration and seven new stops were added by the C. V. Barden Company of Kalamazoo. In late 1991, Schneider Piano and Pipe Organ Company of Okemos, Michigan, restored the organ and removed all the ranks added in the 1970's renovation except for the 16' Dulciana in the pedal. R. A. Colby also restored the console, including a new relay system.

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

Database Manager on July 02, 2009:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma.

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

Database Manager on April 21, 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:
No information.

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 Diapason</i>, March 1928
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Interior from rear gallery: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Altar and front: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Case close-up: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Console from right: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Console from left: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

1864 Garret House case: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2009-12-21

Church Exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-04-02

Church Exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-04-02

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