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J. H. & C. S. Odell & Co. (1911)

Originally Hall & Labagh (1853)

Location:

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary R.C. Church
20 Herkimer @ Albany
Buffalo, NY 14213 US
Organ ID: 3436

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic 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 July 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 14 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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 July 18, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 18, 2018.
Database Manager on September 29, 2008:

Posted to OHS Members List by Scot Huntington, September 29, 2008: "On Sunday, September 14, within the imposing Nativity Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Herkimer Street in Buffalo, Mass was celebrated for the last time, and the church is officially closed. The organ is an 1853 two-manual organ built by Hall & Labagh for Saint John's Church in Yonkers, slightly modified NYC by Odell in 1863, moved once if not twice thereafter, and was ultimately shipped to Buffalo by J.W. Steere & Son in 1911 (and installed there by a former Hope-Jones employee). The pipework is mostly Hall, the action is the product of Odell and later builders, using Hall windchests, and the case could be a product of either builder, but more likely Hall. The organ has been neglected for decades, and is in poor condition, but completely restorable and historically significant. The instrument was made playable for the Buffalo convention by me, assisted by Joe McCabe and Paul Marchesano in the spring of 2004. The organ has a gentle, silvery tone typical for its pre-War New York lineage, and the wooden flutes are especially notable (and in fact worthy of being copied). The organ is available immediately, and the diocese, cognizant of his historical nature, would like to see the instrument protected in a suitable home, sympathetically restored. A description of the organ begins on page 61 of the Buffalo convention Handbook."

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

Database Manager on February 12, 2007:

Updated through online information from David Snyder. -- Tenor d# of the Great Open Diapason 8' is labeled "St. John's Episcopal Church, Yonkers" in script, identifying its as the Hall & Labaugh organ built for that church in 1853. It was modified and moved at least once by Odell, and possibly at other times in ways that are currently impossible to document accurately. Some details of construction, such as the lyre music rack, show up in the work of Robjohn.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from 2004 OHS Convention program book - Buffalo, NY
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

Balcony and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

Keydesk and Facade Pipes: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

Swell Pedal: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2003-05-04

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