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Wicks Organ Co. (1960)

Location:

Roland Park Presbyterian
4801 Roland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21210 US
Organ ID: 64785

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on January 14, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 12 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on January 14, 2020.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on January 14, 2020.
Database Manager on January 13, 2020:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Steven Bartley, who maintains the organ.
In 1960, the 1902 church building underwent a large scale renovation and enlargement. The original octagonal shape being kept, but a center aisle and divided chancel were part of the work. An article, in the Baltimore Sun Paper 6/12/1960 pg. 98, explains the various details and mentions that a new organ was placed in the chancel, as well as the new organ console. The arched ceiling, of the chancel is a series of wood arched ribs, which, from the congregation appear solid, but provide large amount of openness to the chambers on either side of the chancel. None of the pipe work appears to be reused from the previous Moller organ, though it is curious how similar the tonal plan is to a small organ of 1930 would have been common. At some time, in the past 20-25 years, the original Wicks console was replaced with a 2 manual Allen organ console. The stop knobs are arranged as Swell I, Swell II; Great I, Great II; Pedal I, Pedal II. The division with Roman numeral I indicates the Wicks stops, and those with II indicate the Allen stops. The marriage is not great, but does sort of work, The lack of any reverberation is the greatest hindrance to the tonal results.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 14, 2020.
Open In New Tab Original document from Steve Bartley. Originally published 2020-01-16
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on January 16, 2020.

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