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Wm. Johnson & Son (Opus 595, 1883)

Location:

Epiphany Episcopal / Jefferson Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church
Jefferson Avenue
Rochester, NY US
Organ ID: 6878

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Seventh-day Adventist Churches
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Mark R Tarbell on December 30, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 17 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops. 25 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 25
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Balanced tracker.
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • 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 Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Scot Huntington on December 26, 2021:

Christmas Day evening, 2021, an all-hands fire destroyed the historic church, with 75% of the Rochester fire force responding along with departments and mutual aid assistance from 3 surrounding towns. The Tiffany window was destroyed. No reports from the church interior yet, but the intact and largely unaltered organ is presumed to have been totally destroyed. Numerous social media and news outlet videos have documented the destruction in real time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on December 26, 2021.

Database Manager on October 19, 2016:

Updated through online information from scot huntington.
When the ca. 1915 Kinetic blower became unreliable in the early 1980s, the organ was simply closed up and left intact in favor of a temporary electronic imitation. Doing so left the organ in pristine and intact condition. The double-rise reservoir with inverted fold and double feeders is still covered with original leather. The manual chests have N-chest layout with Swell behind the Great and only slightly elevated above the same plane. The two-stop pedal chest is behind the Swell. The Swell enclosure has horizontal shades balanced with a counterweight. The present facade decoration- colored accent bands on a gold ground is not the original design. Case front is of oak, there is no woodwork above the impost, and the ivory stop label engraving is Olde English; oblique knobs of ebony (stops) or holly (accessories) on round shanks; overhanging keyboard fronts. As of the Fall of 2016, congregational interest in the organ is renewed.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Bldg. was Church of the Epiphany Episcopal (built for this church). (listed for sale as 2-17 by OCH in 1977)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from site visit, October 11, 2016
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Epiphany Parish Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1880's

Church exterior; facade: Photograph from an archival source: Epiphany Parish Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1960

Chancel interior showing Johnson on the left.: Photograph from an archival source: Jeffeson Ave. SDA Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. Date Unknown; posted 12-24-2021

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