Unknown Builder (1896)

Location:

Derry Presbyterian Church
108 W. Third Street
Derry, PA 15627 US
Organ ID: 72373

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian 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 December 23, 2022.
Paul R. Marchesano on December 23, 2022:

Founded in 1876, the church built its second building and dedicated it in 1896. Known from a report of another Andrew Carnegie gift of the organ to the "Presbyterian Church in Derry" -- interestingly, this organ was fully paid for by Carnegie. The cost was $25,000. The room seats approx. 1000. The current congregation Facebook page features a photo of the facade at the front of the church, where the organ is apparently installed in an alcove, likely the original facade and arrangement of the organ.

According to a post from church member Lois Lydick Lazarchik, 14 April 2019, "Andrew Carnegie was friends with the Ramsey family [presumably a family of the congregation]. They all were from Scotland."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on December 23, 2022.
New Church and Organ at Derry: Open In New Tab Newspaper announcement of the new organ and church
Document created on 1895-12-04
We received the most recent update for this document from Paul R. Marchesano on December 23, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church interior, showing the [presumably original] organ facade: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2019-04-14

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