Pipe Organ Database

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Casavant Frères Ltd. (Opus 1605, 1938)

Location:

St. James Anglican Church
303 Cordova St. E.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1L4 CA
Organ ID: 64781

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on January 10, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 28 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 27 stops. 31 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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 January 10, 2020.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 27
  • Registers: 31
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on January 10, 2020.
Database Manager on January 09, 2020:

The building for this Anglo-Catholic parish is a unique but successful and interesting blend of Art Deco, Romanesque Revival, Byzantine Revival, and Gothic Revival architecture; the organ is located in a transept and the choir in the rear gallery; the nave is not long, so the arrangement works. In the 1940s a 3-rank gallery division was added. From the church website: In 1963, Casavant Frères proposed a new scheme for the organ based on developments in organ building after World War II; however, cost prohibited this from taking place. Water from a leaking roof became a problem such that, in the late 1980s, a significant renovation of the organ was necessitated. This work incorporated some of the ideas presented by the builder in 1963. In 2003 a complete overhaul of the console was completed by Casavant.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 10, 2020.
Stoplist courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on January 10, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chamber grillework and pipe facade: Photograph by P. J. Janson. Taken on 2016-04-16

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