Pipe Organ Database

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Casavant Frères Ltée. (1918)

Location:

First Congregational Church
33 East Forest Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201 US
Organ ID: 27265

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Chad Boorsma on December 30, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 80 ranks. 5,276 pipes. 8 divisions. 4 manuals. 72 stops. 82 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 02, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 72
  • Registers: 82
  • 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 horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • 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 February 02, 2019.
Database Manager on February 02, 2019:

Updated by Andrew Clark, who maintains the organ.

Portions of this instrument are playable, but the majority of it is unplayable. Overall, the organ is in desperate need of releathering, repair and restoration. The cost to do so is too prohibitive for the church at this time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.

Database Manager on June 10, 2010:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- 56 ranks located in the gallery and 23 ranks in the chancel.

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

Database Manager on July 28, 2007:

Identified through online information from Douglas W. Craw. -- This instrument contains a gallery organ of 5 Divisions and a chancel organ of 3 Divisions with a 4 manual console in the French tradition of drawknobs placed in horizontal rows on straight stepped jambs.

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

Database Manager on July 28, 2007:

Restored by Casavant in 1967.

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 - 1967 Rebuild
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave and Gallery Pipe Facade: Photograph courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives. Taken on 1918-11-01

Console: Photograph courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives. Taken on 1918-11-01

Facade and Chancel: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1994-05-19

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield.

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1910s).

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