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W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 6949, 1927)

Location:

First Congregational Church / First Baptist Congregational Church
60 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612 US
Organ ID: 7049

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 31, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 77 ranks. 5,466 pipes. 7 divisions. 4 manuals. 74 stops. 111 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 31, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 7
  • Stops: 74
  • Registers: 111
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 31, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 31, 2018.

Database Manager on June 14, 2011:

Updated through online information from Ronald Crowl.

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

Database Manager on February 09, 2007:

Updated through online information from Arthur D. Griffin. -- A Kimball pipe organ was commissioned and donated as a gift by the Andrew & Mary Dole. It became the largest totally enclosed organ in the country, if not the world. The new, larger organ retained much of the Hook and Hastings casework, its entire façade and some of its interior pipe work, revoiced. The Kimball organ was dedicated on Sunday, October 9, 1927 and was immediately used for community concerts as well as for worship services.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1995

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Main bldg. for merger of 1st Cong.l and Union Park Cong., as 1st Congregational. Bldg. acquired by 1st Baptist Cong. in 1970. Behind casework of 1871 Hook & Hastings Op. 578 (7 H & H ranks in organ).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from console and private notes/recordings - October, 1969
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Scope of the 1993 Restoration Project. On-line update from Arthur D. Griffin.: Open In New Tab Document created on 2000-01-01
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Facade and Console: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Console: Church archive, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Dedication Plaque: Church Archive, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Pipework: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Church Exterior: Church Archive, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Sanctuary, Facade and Organ Chambers: Church Archive, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Left Stop Tabs: Church archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Right Stop Tabs: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Builder's Nameplate: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Pipe Work: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

Hook Hasting Casework prior to 1927 Kimball installation & Current 2009 Facade: Church Archives, courtesy of Mr Arthur Griffin (2009).

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