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Unknown Builder (1714)

Location:

King's Chapel
Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111 US
Organ ID: 50533

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on October 18, 2012:

An original installation. Identified by T. Daniel Hancock, using information found in Ochse, 1975. Although the builder is unknown, this instrument is usually referred to as the "Brattle Organ," after the name of its donor, and presumably, the man who imported it from Great Britain, Thomas Brattle. The organ was originally willed by Brattle, who had it in his home, to the Brattle Square Church, who refused it. Anticipating this, Brattle made provisions that the organ should go to King's Chapel, should the Brattle Square Church refuse it. It was removed to St. Paul Episcopal, Newburyport, MA, in 1756, when it was replaced with the 1756 Richard Bridge organ at King's Chapel. From there it went to St. John Church, State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1836, and again to St. John's new building on Chapel Street in the 1920's. A new case in the American Empire style was built for the instrument in the first decades of the nineteenth century, and the organ was restored by C. B. Fisk in 1965. It is still playable and receives at least occasional use, and bears the distinction of being the oldest organ installation in the United States which is still playable.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist (Source: Osche, 1975)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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