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M. P. Möller (Opus 7952, 1949)

Location:

Broadway Presbyterian Church
710 23rd St.
Rock Island, IL 61201 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 34562

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Dave Geenen on October 16, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 28 ranks. 1,966 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 23 stops. 44 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 23
  • Registers: 44
  • 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 meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on November 28, 2020:

Only a month afterward the ground was broken on the corner of Spencer and Broadway streets for a fine new church building. Although the street names were changed to 7th Avenue and 23rd Streets the following year, the church has kept its original name of Broadway Presbyterian to the present day.

The cornerstone, said to be Joliet limestone, was laid on May 2, 1876. Its contents included local histories, newspapers, and one unexpected item – a picture of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition buildings. The church structure itself appears to be of the Joliet stone, a sturdy, yellowish dolomitic limestone cut from quarries along the Des Plaines River. Joliet stone was also used for some of the Rock Island Arsenal buildings.

  • Information from the Rock Island Preservation Society
We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 28, 2020.

Database Manager on April 29, 2008:

Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr.

We received the most recent update for this note 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:

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1908).

Contemporary postcard from the time of the dedication of the building.: Photograph from an archival source: Rock Island Preservation Society, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. c. 1878

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