Another sad day in NYC for the organ world. 1903 Hutchings, 1st Church of Christ Scientist 96th St. What selfish idiots. The building is being transformed into condos. But the developer (nice guy, who I met today) should have done some research. So the former sexton was told to dismantle the organ. He started today, and managed to trash the entire Great division.
I hope to remove a few reeds from the Swell, Solo and Choir if there's time. The full length 32' is probably up for grabs. Contact me privately if interested. I may have a buyer for the facade pipes.
-- Anthony Meloni, posted on Facebook, 16 July, 2014
From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: In 1930, the Hook & Hastings Company of Boston was contracted to modernize the 1903 Hutchings-Votey organ. Hook & Hastings cleaned and releathered the organ, extended some ranks to 73 notes, and provided a new detached four-manual drawknob console. Around 1972, the console was rebuilt by Fred Lloyd and Arthur Schoedel. New couplers were installed, and the side jambs were fitted with Klann stop tabs. By the 1990s, the organ had become unreliable and efforts were made by Lorenz Maycher, organist for 10 years, to raise funds for the restoration of this historic organ.
Updated through online information from Connor Annable.
The original builder was Hutchings-Votey (1903, Opus483).
Status Note: There 1992.
Rebuild of 1903 Hutchings-Votey. Static reservoir releathered 1992. (By Donald Hunt?). OHS Historic Organs Recital 15 Dec 1991.
1930 Console: From THE DIAPASON April 1930 courtesy of Sebastian Glück via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project.
Reeds and rack pins in a bucket after sexton had begun dismantling organ: Photograph by Anthony Meloni via Facebook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2014-07-16
Various pipes thrown in a pile on the floor after sexton began dismantling organ: Photograph by Anthony Meloni via Facebook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2014-07-16