Robert M. Turner (1999)

Originally Jesse Woodberry (& Co.) (1905)

Location:

St. Paul Catholic Church | Harvard Square
Bow & Arrow Sts.
Cambridge, MA US
Upper Church
Organ ID: 45571

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jeff Scofield on October 30, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 107 ranks. 8 divisions. 3 manuals. 96 stops. 111 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on June 07, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 96
  • Registers: 111
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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 flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on June 07, 2018.
Andrew Scanlon on March 09, 2022:

Within the last 10 years, all of the digital voices have been removed. The Casavant pipework formerly located in the front corner has also been completely removed. The 3-man console by Robert Turner has been relocated to the rear gallery, and any stop knobs or couplers associated with the old digital voices or chancel division have been removed. See 2022 console picture. What remains is a small (approx 35 rank) three-manual pipe organ comprised of the pipework that was present prior to the 1990s Turner expansion. most of it works although none of it is in great condition, but it sounds spectacular in the room because of the generous acoustic.

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on March 09, 2022.

Jeff Scofield on October 30, 2020:

From the church's 2020 Wikipedia page: An organ of 35 stops was built for the original church building in 1904 by Jesse Woodberry & Co (Opus 251), designed by Edward MacGoldrick. The organ was enlarged to 50 stops and relocated to the gallery of the present building between 1923 and 1924 by Emil Mias. Mias died before the organ's completion, so his son, Paul F.C. Mias finished the organ. Casavant Frères built in 1947 a new console for the Woodberry/Mias organ, which was their Op. 1893. In 1959, Casavant annexed a Chancel organ (Op. 1893, 2560A) of 19 ranks, in the 'neo-baroque' style in the south transept to the Woodberry/Mias gallery organ. The gallery organ underwent significant tonal alterations in 1971 under the direction of Arthur Birchall, former vice-president of Aeolian-Skinner. A new “console" was completed in 1999 by Robert M. Turner, and numerous electronic "voices" were synthesized by Walker Technical Company.

In 2015 plans were finalized to return the console to its original position in the Organ gallery, and the digital voices were all removed, along with the neo-baroque pipework. An 1855 chamber organ was also erected in the South transept for use when the choir sings in that location.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on October 30, 2020.

Database Manager on August 05, 2013:

Updated through online information from Alexander Pattavina.

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

Database Manager on June 10, 2011:

Updated through online information from Alex P.. -- Gallery Organ built 1905 (moved to current building in 1920's), enlarged, revised by Casavant, enlarged, additions by Aeolian Skinner. Chancel Organ built in 1947 by Casavant, digital voices added later. 8' Trompette en Chamade is behind altar, possibly from Mother Church in Boston, and scaled down to fit the room

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

Database Manager on November 21, 2009:

Identified through online information from a student. -- New console for existing Gallery and Chancel Organs.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Taken from the console (from memory)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from console
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on August 16, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Alex Pattavina. Taken on 2011-06-10

Console and Organ Case: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2013-02-02

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2013-02-02

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2013-02-02

Console in rear gallery, situated at an angle facing the west wall: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-08

Church exterior taken on Bow St near Harvard Square: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-08

Console: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. March 2022

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