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Wm. Schuelke Organ Co. (Opus S-67, 1889)

Exhibited in the 1998 OHS convention

Location:

First Presbyterian Church
299 McWethy Drive
Leadville, CO 80461 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 7022

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on March 29, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 13 ranks. 711 pipes. 2 manuals. 13 stops.
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
  • Stops: 13
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • 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.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on March 29, 2022:

The Schuelke organ for the new building arrived late in December 1 889 and was opened with a recital by Dr. John H. Gower of Denver, on 30 December. The cost of the organ ($2,000, $2,200, or $2,500, depending on which account is to be believed) was paid by the "Ladies' Business Society."

In the words of Jean Parry, "When the decision was made to build a new church, the congregation was sharply divided over the fate of the Schuelke organ. While some wanted to restore and move it to the new church, a sizable faction urged the purchase of a modern electronic substitute. The congregation finally voted to restore the historic Schuelke pipe organ. A $5,000 contract to dismantle, restore, and install it in the new church was awarded to Edward T. Bollinger (of Bollinger Pipe Organs, in Northglenn, Colorado) and former pastor of the Leadville Church from 1 947- 1949. -- 1998 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on March 29, 2022.

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 January 28, 2012:

Updated through online information from Lexie Palmore.

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

Database Manager on July 22, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from Benn Gibson. -- I visited the church and played the organ in July 2007. This superb organ is in fine condition. The congregation appreciates its quality and significance. An air-conditioned atmosphere is provided for the instrument. The builder's name is spelled Scheulke on the framed OHS citation next to the console.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The builder did not use opus numbers to identify his work, but the catalog number S-67 was assigned to this instrument by Elizabeth Towne Schmitt and may be used for reference.

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 1997

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Moved into new building c. 1969 by Ed Bollinger. Also known for a time as 1st Federated. [Citation number must be wrong on this or Leadville's St. George's.] [Manager's Note: The citation number given above is correct. July 2007]

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1998 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 29, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1997-05-04

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1997-05-04

Organ Case: Photograph by Rev. Peggy Marshall. Taken on 2018-08-21

Keydesk and Stops: Photograph by Rev. Peggy Marshall. Taken on 2018-08-21

Console: Left Stopjamb: Photograph by Rev. Peggy Marshall. Taken on 2018-08-21

Console: Right Stopjamb: Photograph by Rev. Peggy Marshall. Taken on 2018-08-21

Console: pedalboard, foot rundles, and expression shoe: Photograph by Rev. Peggy Marshall. Taken on 2018-08-21

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