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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 455, 1923)

Location:

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121 US
Organ ID: 6580

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been renovated with changes 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 May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 63 ranks. 4,542 pipes. 4 manuals. 56 stops. 107 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 56
  • Registers: 107
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on March 23, 2018:

Updated by Bob Shoring, who gave this as the source of the information: Attend weekly concerts and the organists keep me updated on matters related to the organ.
The only tonal change to the organ since 1924 was the moving of the 8' Arch Clarion stop indoors after 2011. When built, was an outdoor stop, speaking on 30" wind. It was said that it could be heard from ships in the bay or even downtown San Francisco. That stop originally had 44 pipes. I understand that when it was moved indoors, they added pipes to complete the rank. It is enclosed in its own chamber, tightly enclosed to prevent the loud stop from overwhelming the audience. It is a very brilliant, heroic trumpet. Other than that, the organ's stop list and character is just as Mr. Skinner left it.

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

Database Manager on September 02, 2012:

The console is of walnut and was designed by Marshall N. Giselman (information from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).

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

Database Manager on March 05, 2011:

Updated through online information from Bob Shoring. -- While organ has been mechanically restored, it has remained tonally unchanged from its 1924 installation. It's now in excellent condition and is played twice a week.

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

Database Manager on January 19, 2006:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Ceiling installation; organ can be heard in the front court through a series of moveable panels; Triumphal Arch at entrance to court contains Chimes and Clarion; extant; ongoing restoration by Edward Millington Stout III (1994).

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 1988.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Taken on 2006-02-11

Console: Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Taken on 2006-02-11

Console: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Solo Pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Solo Pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Traps: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Traps: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Pipework (32' Bombard): Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Traps: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Great Pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Pedal Pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Right Stop Jamb: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Right Coupler Rail: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Expression Shoe Selector: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Left Coupler Rail: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

Left Stop Jamb: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2014-04-27

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