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Unknown Builder

Location:

Church of the Holy Cross
125 N. Oriental St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202 US
Nave gallery
Organ ID: 69246

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Timothy E Conyers on September 26, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
All:
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Unknown Builder
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 26, 2021.
Rear gallery:
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on September 26, 2021.
Timothy E Conyers on September 26, 2021:

The former church's website (now removed), had a page about the organ history. I believe it was a Kilgen & Sons but uncertain of that fact. It was located in a rear gallery within a case and had a pipe facade. The center section had a decorative screen with a design that echoed the building's outside portico pediment; on either side was a flat section of eleven gold-colored pipes. The console faced the altar.

The present building was built in 1921. The congregation remained active until 2014, when a large portion of the building portico pediment collapsed. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis closed the building for safety reasons and merged the congregation into the parish of St. Phillip of Neri. The building itself was deemed safe but the decision of the Archbishop remained in effect. The building was listed for sale and was also listed on the Indiana Landmarks as an endangered building of great cultural value in its community. In July 2019, the beautiful stained glass windows were purchased by St. John Paul II parish in Sellersburg, Indiana, who incorporated them into the design of their new building. Around the same time the pews were repurposed into the new building of the Church of the Holy Angels, Indianapolis, Indiana. The condition of the pipe organ or its current location is unknown at this time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Timothy E Conyers on September 26, 2021.

Jim Stettner on September 26, 2021:

Identified from parish Facebook photos. According to the former parish website, the church was closed November 30, 2014 and merged into St. Philip Neri Parish, Indianapolis.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on September 26, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph by Urban Times, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. April 2019

Organ and console in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: Parish Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2015-11-22

Organ case in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: Parish Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2014-03-29

Church interior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken on 2014-05-29

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken on 2014-05-29

Exterior facade pediment as it appeared before collapsing in 2014: Photograph from an archival source: Church website (now removed), submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken approx. c. 2012

Nativity of Christ window: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken on 2018-12-15

Christ among the Teachers of the Law window: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken on 2012-11-19

Closeup of the Ascension of Christ into Heaven window: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Timothy E Conyers. Taken on 2019-06-30

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