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Frank Roosevelt (Opus 506, 1891)

Location:

First Congregational Church
531 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN 46360 US
Organ ID: 6713

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on June 20, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 28 ranks. 1,540 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 26 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In center 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 June 20, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 26
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on June 20, 2018.
Database Manager on July 19, 2018:

Updated by Matt Gerhard, who has heard or played the organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on June 20, 2018.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on June 20, 2018.

Database Manager on September 01, 2015:

Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard.

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

Database Manager on February 27, 2014:

Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- The First Congregational Church Building is in the process of a rent to buy contract. The organ is not being sold. New congregation does not use organ in their service. Therefor currently looking for a new home for opus 506. A sale or a move to a more suitable venue. George Dobie, Trustee

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

Database Manager on November 26, 2012:

Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- Current congregation does not use. Trustee Board looking for suitable new home/owner. 11-2012

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

Database Manager on November 27, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from John Gouwens. -- Organ was restored by Rutz; original action was beyond restoration, so rebuilt as a (very heavy) tracker action. Stop action is electrified (but, alas, very sluggish) sliders, no combination. Church itself is in some jeopardy, leaving the future of this organ in some question.

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 1990.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Fox shows this as Opus 506 from Church of the Messiah, Unitarian, Chicago, IL (3-26), one rank altered. In danger. was on list as #507, which was a 2-15 built for First Presbyterian, Decatur, IL. The former is probably correct as the Decatur organ is marked butchered one version of the Roosevelt list.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from <i>The Stopt Diapason</i>, Winter 1996/97: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Left Drawknobs (Swell and Pedal): Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Right Drawknobs (Great and Choir): Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Left Combination Pedals: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Right Combination Pedals: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Expression Pedals: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Console: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Pipe Facade: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Builder and Restorer's Nameplates: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Matt Gerhard. Taken on 2015-08-26

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