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Bates & Culley (1907)

Location:

Bethany U. E. Church
224 North 6th Street
Allentown, PA 18102 US
Organ ID: 68223

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Evangelical and Reformed Churches
  • The organ is known from a single historic document only; presumed no longer extant, and may never have existed.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • 17 ranks. 975 pipes.
Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021:

Church cornerstone reads: "Bethany Evangelical Church 1895". Building still in use, congregation now known as "New Bethany E.C. (Evangelical Congregational) Church".

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021.

Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021:

Several articles appeared in the Allentown newspapers from December 16-28, 1907 about the installation and dedication of the instrument, much about the program and music given in the dedication recital. Instrument cost reported as $3000, of which Andrew Carnegie paid half.

On December 28, 1907 (the day following the recital), the following details were finally provided: "The organ responded magnificently to every touch from the passages where volume was required to the exquisite solo effects. The great and swell organs have 61 pipes and the pedal 30 pipes, with a total of 975 pipes and 30 stops, [sic] with 17 speaking stops. Its weight is 11,735 pounds."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021.
Recital on New Organ at Bethany U.E. Church: Open In New Tab Report of dedication recital from previous evening, description of the organ without stop list.
Document created on 1907-12-28
We received the most recent update for this document from Paul R. Marchesano on April 29, 2021.

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