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Unknown Builder (1900)

Originally Frank Roosevelt (Opus 384, 1888)

Location:

St. Paul Evangelical Reformed Church
606 East 141st Street (at Willis Avenue)
New York City: The Bronx, NY 10454 US
Organ ID: 6416

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Evangelical and Reformed Churches
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 5 ranks. 252 pipes. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 5 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 5
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 20
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021:

St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in the City of New York was incorporated January 14, 1889.

The church moved uptown from Suffolk Street to the neighborhood of East Harlem in January 1900, and in 1919 moved to East 141st Street and Crimmins Avenue in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. -- From "Finding Aid to the Records of St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church", website accessed 2021-08-30

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021.

Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021:

This one-manual organ was originally installed in the Suffolk Street church in Manhattan, then it was moved in 1900 to the new church in the Bronx. The following specifications were recorded by F.R. Webber (1887-1963), whose "Organ Scrapbooks" are in the possession of The Organ Historical Society Archives in Princeton, N.J. Webber wrote: *"This organ still exists in the west gallery of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, 606 East 141st Street, New York. Its ensemble is remarkable for so small an instrument." * Further details were recorded by Charles Scharpeger, an employee of Louis F. Mohr & Co., who examined the organ in 1957. Scharpeger noted that the organ had a pneumatic chest, a manual compass of 58 notes and a pedal compass of 20 notes. Wind pressure was 3½". The organ's measurements: 10' 9" wide; 7' 9" deep with pedals; 2' 8" pedal; 10' 7" high. "Organ has to be kept 12 to 18" from back wall because of tuning door and action access." Scharpeger indicated that the entire organ was under expression. At the time of Scharpeger's visit, the building was home to the Independent Spanish Evangelical Church, Inc. This congregation offered the organ for sale in 1959. As of 2012, the organ was extant in the building. -- From NYC AGO Pipe Organ Project

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021.

Database Manager on February 21, 2011:

Updated through on-line information from Connor Annable.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From Suffolk Street German Reformed, Manhattan, then St. Paul's Evangelical [possibly this same building, as address shown by Suttie for St. Paul's was 606 E. 141st. St.].

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
NYC AGO Pipe Organ Project: Open In New Tab Originally published 1957
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on August 30, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Freestanding organ case: Photograph from an archival source: NYC AGO Pipe Organ Project, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano.

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