Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

A. B. Felgemaker Co. (Opus 809, 1903)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church / Howard County Historical Society
Ellicott City, MD 2104_ US
Organ ID: 3565

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is unaltered 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: Slider
  • 11 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 11 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • 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: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 11
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • 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 a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 07, 2014:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- There are some conflicting dates between the stoplist presented below, and the account for Fourteenth Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. According to that account, the organ wasn't removed until 1922, and next went to Sixth Reformed church also in Holland, Michigan.

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

Database Manager on October 25, 2006:

Updated through online information from Stephen Paul Kowalyshyn. -- The three standard couplers are operated by thumb pistons beneath the Swell manual. A circular dial indicator shows the level of wind in the bellows, which was originally hand pumped. The pumping lever was still in the organ chamber ~1965. The Swell shoe is ornamental cast iron in the shape of a shoe sole. The Swell Bourdon 16' has a separate stop knob for the bottom 12 notes, hence the 12 stops/11 ranks count. I visited the organ again about 1995. Less of it was working then, especially the two tubular pneumatic offset Bourdon 16' stops. I'm quite sure the Historical Society intends to retain the instrument.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Building was 1st Presbyterian church. Refurbished by Hinners in 1915 (Hinners list).

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 the console July 27, 2013
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Façade - angled view: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

Façade and Key desk: fullfront view: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

Left Tower: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

Central portion of Façade: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

Keydesk - angled view: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

Keydesk - front view: Photograph by Steve Kowalyshyn. Taken on 1965-01-01

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