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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1393, 1962)

Location:

Central Presbyterian Church
Houston, TX US
Organ ID: 35689

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • 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: EP pitman
  • 31 ranks. 1,865 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 22 stops. 35 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 35
  • 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 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 May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 03, 2018:

The church was quite attractive for a church of the early 1960's - a very creative design and a large spectacular window at the rear of the high nave; the choir and console were in an elevated loft above and behind the altar; the organ was functionally displayed on a level above that - all behind a very open floor-to-ceiling reredos; the church was demolished in September 2011.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on September 18, 2011:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Central Presbyterian merged with St Phillip's Presbyterian some time after 2000. The organ was sold to the University of Texas at Austin. The organ was removed circa 2010 by Robert Coulter, to be installed in Jessen Auditorium, Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin. Coulter is releathering the chests and updating the console and wiring to solid-state electrical switching, but intends to keep the voicing as left by Roy Perry, who finished the organ.

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

Database Manager on June 28, 2008:

Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Installed in 1962; no information.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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