George Warren Reed (& Son) (1905)


First Baptist Church
Church St.
Hornellsville [now Hornell], NY US
Organ ID: 58172

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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 Jim Stettner on March 29, 2023.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 2 manuals.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
  • Manuals: 2
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 03, 2016:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Scot Huntington, using information found in George Reed catalog ca. 1914.

The large brick [First] Baptist church was built in 1856. The Reed catalog opus list records a 2-manual organ for this church, and the May 1971 Boston Organ Club Newsletter adds the date and cost: $2,100; 1905. The church was destroyed by fire in the early 1960s and a new edifice erected on the site.

The 18-stop two-manual mechanical-action organ built for Holy Trinity R.C. in Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1903 cost $2,500, (now extant in the Congregational Church, Ashfield, Massachusetts), and a 15-stop tracker built in 1906 for a Catholic church in Hartford, Connecticut cost $1,750. The first known use of tubular-pneumatic action in a G.W. Reed organ was in 1908, so it is logical to deduce this was a tracker instrument roughly 15-18 stops in size.

Reed organs were well constructed, except for a propensity to build overly-thick chest tables which were prone to severe cracking. He purchased his metal pipes from Pierce in Reading, Massachusetts, his instruments were well-made and the usually excellent voicing was more reminiscent of the 1880s than the post-1900 Edwardian cigars and brandy tonal style.

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

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source:, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1910's

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