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William W. Laws (1924)

Originally W.B.D. Simmons & Co. (1874)

Location:

First Calvary Baptist Church / Calvary Baptist Church
SW corner Common & Pemberton Sts.
Lawrence, MA 0184_ US
Organ ID: 51294

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • 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: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 33 ranks. 2,094 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 35 stops. 29 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 35
  • Registers: 29
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • 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 Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe 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 May 14, 2013:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on May 10, 2013:

Altered and relocated existing organ. Identified by James R. Stettner, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- The Laws organ was a rebuild of the former 1874 Wm. B.D. Simmons organ from Second Baptist Church along with the Swell division of the 1902 Hook & Hastings, Opus 1923 originally built for Trinity Church in New York City. The H & H was a rebuild of a former 1864 Hall & Labagh organ. The original Simmons Great and Swell became the Great and Choir on their original 58-note slider chests with a 3-note treble chest added to each. The Hook & Hastings Swell became the new Swell on its original 56-note slider chest, and with a 17-note treble chest added for notes 57-73.
Calvary Baptist Church was formed in 1921 by the merger of First Free Will Baptist and Second Baptist churches. A new, large brick edifice was erected on the site of the former First Free Will Baptist. In 1934, First Baptist Church merged with Calvary Baptist Church after suffering from a fire in 1933. The merged congregations were renamed First Calvary Baptist Church. On January 8, 1988, First Calvary Baptist Church was all but destroyed by a fire in an electrical box in the room beneath the Swell. What pipework survived the fire was further damaged by exposure to water and the elements. In November 1988, a crew from the Andover Organ Co. lead by Robert C. Newton salvaged seven nearly complete ranks, and many other misc. pipes from the organ before the building was finally razed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Taken from Robert J. Reich files; and extant dedication program: Open In New Tab Originally published January 21, 1925
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on January 03, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Chancel and front loft with twin organ facades: Photograph from an archival source: Church notecard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1960's

Fire damaged organ: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. November 1988

Fire damaged organ: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. November 1988

Fire damaged organ: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. November 1988

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. After 1924

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