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H. A. Howell (Pipe Organs) (2002)

Originally Wicks Organ Co. (Opus 2918, 1948)

Location:

St. Ita's Catholic Church
5500 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640 US
Organ ID: 49296

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Daniel Lagacy on June 16, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 68 ranks. 4,230 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 61 stops. 74 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Slider Motors: Solenoids.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 61
  • Registers: 74
  • 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 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
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on October 18, 2017:

Updated by Paul Marchesano, listing this website as a source of information: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20171016/edgewater/saint-ita-catholic-church-st-bing-crosby-organ-pipes-beach-hotel-henry-j-schlacks.
Article about Bing Crosby donating money for the original installation.

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

Database Manager on February 15, 2012:

Identified through online information from Randall Karstens. -- The organ has Electric-slider chests in the Swell and Choir. Electro-mechanical chests are used for unit stops for these two divisions as well as the Solo. The orgiginal Wicks chests are still used in the Great, with some additions of other electro-mechanical chests. I am looking up the updated specification to see if there are any changes to the numbers of ranks, stops, and pipes.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from the 2006 AGO National Convention Book: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on August 16, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary interior from gallery: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2012-06-25

Sanctuary interior from floor: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2012-06-25

Gallery and exposed pipes: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2012-06-25

Sanctuary interior to rear and organ: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2012-06-25

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