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Lyon & Healy (Opus 90, 1902)

Location:

Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Basilica
3121 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL US
Organ ID: 7370

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic 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 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil
  • 57 ranks. 4 divisions. 4 manuals. 50 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 50
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • 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 Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
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 May 27, 2017:

Updated by David Rhodes, who maintains the organ.

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

Database Manager on March 03, 2016:

Updated through online information from Rev. Frank Falco.
By June 2016 the organ and chimes will be completely restored by the Bradford Organ company

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

Database Manager on November 08, 2008:

Updated through online information from Mary Gifford. -- The 4' Violina in the choir division had, at some point, been re-pitched to 2 2/3' by moving the pipes down and adding 7 pipes at the top. In 2008, the rank was restored to its original pitch by moving the pipes back up and replacing the missing pipes with vintage string pipes of the same scale and composition. The organ is, now, tonally unaltered.

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

Database Manager on June 27, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from Mary Gifford. -- In addition to the 57 ranks, also has a harp (disconnected) and chimes (taken down from their frames). As of this writing (2007) the organ is carefully maintained by the Servite community and is used for some Masses as well as organ recitals and other concerts. -- 30-note chests in pedal division, 32-note pedalboarded added when the Austin console was put in.

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

Database Manager on September 04, 2005:

Online update from David Kinyon -- My first visit, all of the Great, part of the pedal and part of the Choir were out for repairs. Second time organ was in full glory. Wonderful sound in an almost too live room. Console is in a recessed gallery high up and to the left of the high altar. Was in good shape when I performed, although it doesn't receive much maintenance. Basilica has been on the verge of closing for sometime. Organ receives very little use last I knew

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 1984

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

E. Semerad replaced console, did other work as Austin Op. 978 in 1920.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From The Stopt Diapason Winter 1996/97
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Basilica interior with east (left) and west (right) organ galleries: Photo by Mary Gifford. Taken on 2004-03-31

East gallery with console: Photo by Mary Gifford. Taken on 2004-03-31

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1905).

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2011-01-06

Console: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2011-01-06

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