Pipe Organ Database

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Casavant Frères Ltd. (Opus 1715, 1943)

Location:

First United Methodist Church
Cleveland, OH US
Organ ID: 23771

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 68 ranks. 4 manuals.
All:
  • 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: 4
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 03, 2008:

Updated through information from Unpublished Organ Research Notes of Dr. Stephen Schnurr; as edited by Joseph McCabe, 2008:
Much old pipework from the relocated and rebuilt Geo. H. Ryder organ of 1874 was reused with the vision it would be replaced later due to the war. This is important since they planned ahead for its eventual replacement when designing the organ. New low C pipes were provided where necessary to bring the pitch to A=440 Hz. A 10 horsepower and 1-1/2 horsepower Spencer Orgoblo blowers were provided. The detached English drawknob console had an oak case with black walnut interior. The specification was drawn by Stephen Stoot, Technical Director for Casavant. Behind the façade, the organ was arranged with the Choir and Swell in the center, surmounted by the Great and Solo, with the Pedal at either side. The pneumatic console, on 5-1/2â€? wind pressure, was hidden from view of Sunday congregation, though movable for viewing at recitals. Consultants for the project were Dr. Louis L. Balogh of Cleveland, Dr. William H. Barnes of Chicago (Evanston), and J. A. Hébert of Detroit. Installation was supervised by Messrs. J. G. Santoire and J. H. A. Chagnon of Casavant, with tonal finishing by Stoot. Two men from Casavant were to begin installation on January 4, 1943, and completion was targeted for Sunday, February 7.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on June 04, 2006:

Enlarged by Casavant in 1953.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from Stephen Schnurr and Joe McCabe
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary interior with organ case: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-03-12

Tower Interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-04-25

Facade: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-04-25

Chancel and Pipe Facade: Photograph courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives. Taken on 1943-09-28

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2008-06-26

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2008-06-26

Church Exterior: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2008-06-26