W.B.D. Simmons & Co. (1872)


Second (now First) Presbyterian Church
201 S. 21st Street at Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
Organ ID: 51175

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on September 14, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 53 ranks. 2,880 pipes. 3 manuals. 44 stops.
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 44
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 14, 2013:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by James R.Stettner, using information from this web site: http://www.fpcphila.org/organ/. -- According to the church website, "W.B.D. Simmons of Boston provided the first instrument at a cost of $13,000. Contemporary accounts of the dedication on October 12, 1872, describe the organ standing in the gallery at the north end of the church while worship was conducted at the opposite end of the nave. This orientation of music and worship was the usual plan in Philadelphia churches of that day. The organ, with 44 stops and 2896 pipes was in two sections, the great and swell compartments being on the west, and the choir and pedal on the east side of the 5-lance Gothic window in the Walnut Street wall. The case was designed by the architect, Henry Augustus Sims, who also designed the church building itself."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Specification from <i>The Tracker</i>, 59:4 (Fall 2015)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on February 15, 2021.

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