Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

Geo. S. Hutchings (& Co.) (1891)

Exhibited in the 2017 OHS convention

Location:

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102-2121 US
Art Gallery
Organ ID: 5890

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Museums
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • 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
  • 17 ranks. 2 manuals. 16 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a floor-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 16
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • 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 June 22, 2017:

Updated by Fran Linhart, who has heard or played the organ.
ORGAN STATUS: The organ is playable but unreliable, a result of the deteriorated organ leather as well as other issues commensurate with the age of the instrument. After consultation with reputable organ builders and restorers, the decision was made to repair the instrument and the Minnesota Historical Society was able to find a benefactor who agreed to fund a full restoration. The organ will be removed from the house sometime in 2018 for a careful and historically respectful restoration.
ALSO: I just authored a Tracker article on the Hill House Pipe Organ.

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

Database Manager on September 23, 2011:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- According to the Minnesota Historical Society website, the organ is not currently in good condition, the leather needs replacing and there are cracks in the wood pipes. The society is seeking funds to restore the instrument. (website accessed Sept 2011)

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

Database Manager on May 24, 2011:

Updated through online information from Richard C Greene.

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

Database Manager on October 03, 2008:

Updated through online information from John Panning. -- The house is now owned and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, hence the institution name change.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1986.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

T indicates that in 1985 this is museum operated by Minnesota Historical Society. Received grant for restoration of organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Tracker Vol. 61, No. 3 pg. 16: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Lewis on May 28, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Art Gallery Interior, Organ Case, and Keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2016-04-08

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2016-04-08

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2016-04-08

Keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2016-04-08

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