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William W. Laws (1930ca.)

Originally Hook & Hastings Co. (Opus 1294, 1886)

Location:

St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church
300 Haverhill Street
Lawrence, MA 01840 US
Organ ID: 26039

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • 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: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 48 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) 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
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe 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 April 03, 2017:

Originally Hook & Hastings Op. 1294 (1886), built for St. James Episcopal Church, New London, Connecticut. Moved in 1914 to St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts. It was electrified and enlarged by William W. Laws in 1937 and has remained unchanged since then. Pitch is A=435.

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

Database Manager on May 14, 2007:

Identified through online information from Joseph Olefirowicz. -- This organ is the electrification of a Hook or Roosevelt or the combination of two organs or parts thereof, with the addition of a floating tuba division by Laws upon his installation/electrification.

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

Instrument Images:

Nave showing organ gallery, rose window and organ facade, console: Photograph by Dick Pelland Facebook page, submitted by Andrew . Taken approx. 2018

View of Exterior from Parking Lot : Photograph by Unknown , submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. Unknown

Side view of church: Photograph by Unknown, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. Unknown

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