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Frank Roosevelt (Opus 380, 1888)

Location:

Trinity United Methodist Church
1820 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202 US
Organ ID: 7589

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 24, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 83 ranks. 4,275 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 65 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center 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 24, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 65
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows 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 Crescendo Pedal
  • 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)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 24, 2018.
Database Manager on May 24, 2018:

Updated by Samuel J. Chizmar, who has heard or played the organ.
I am a substitute organist at Trinity United Methodist and play this instrument often. Trinity Church seats 1,140 and was designed by architect Robert Roeschlaub to be a civic auditorium for the City of Denver as well as a church: i.e., a speaker at the pulpit can easily be heard from any seat in the auditorium, but it is totally lacking in reverberation. Trinity hosts other music groups such as Central City Opera, The Colorado Mormon Chorale, and Colorado Repetory Singers. Recent speakers at Trinity have been Madeleine Albright, Dan Rather and Al Franken.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 24, 2018.

Database Manager on December 07, 2013:

Updated through online information from Kem Barney. -- A.R. Doud was not the father of Mamie Eisenhower. Her father's name was John Sheldon Doud (per Wiklipedia) A. R. Doud was a long-time member and historian at Trinity Methodist Church, Denver.

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

Database Manager on August 06, 2013:

Updated through online information from Norman Sutphin. -- The OSI console installed by Morel and Associates in 2009 is the third replacement console for this organ.

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

Database Manager on April 28, 2013:

Updated through online information from Steven E. Lawson. -- From 1998 OHS Convention Atlas: "The organ has undergone some changes over the years. ... "In 1936, the Roosevelt Swell 8' Vox Humana was replaced with a Möller set; at the same time, the Great and Swell 4' Clarions, the Solo 8' Cor Anglais and 4' [Tuba] Clarion, and the Pedal 16' Trombone and 16' Basson [sic], were disconnected. The contract for this work was signed for the church by A. R. Dowd, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower's father. Two years later, Fred Meunier installed "sweeter" American pipes recycled from the George Foot organ at St. John's Cathedral [Denver] when it was replaced with a new W. W. Kimball organ. The Great 8' Trumpet, $75; Swell 16' Contra Fagotto, $75; 8' Cornopean, $60; 8' Oboe, $65; and Choir 8' Clarinet, $60, were purchased for the indicated prices. With the single exception of the 8' Tuba Mirabilis, the "blazing, metallic" Cavaillé-Coll reeds disappeared, as did all of the Roosevelt reeds. "In 1964, ... Roosevelt reeds removed in 1938, the Swell 8' Cornopean and 4' Clarion, the Great 4' Clarion, and the Choir 8' Clarinet, were replaced with new pipes made and voiced by A. R. Schopp's Sons, Inc. The missing Cavaillé-Coll Solo 4' Tuba Clarion and Great 8' Trumpet were replaced with new pipes made and voiced by Harpfer & Ehrman, pipemakers of Boulay, France. The Solo 8' Cor Anglais, originally a free reed, was replaced with new pipes made and voiced by Geisecke." -- Console has 61/32 compasses

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

Database Manager on November 10, 2009:

Updated through online information from Bryan Dunnewald. -- Renovations Finished Sep. 2009. Rededication by James Ruth. 150th anniversary concert by Sophie Choplin in Nov. 2009.

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

Database Manager on August 14, 2009:

Updated through online information from Bryan Dunnewald. -- New OSI console in June '09. New Festival Bombarde: July '09.

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

Database Manager on February 28, 2009:

Updated through online information from Bryan Dunnewald.

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

Database Manager on February 25, 2009:

Updated through online information from Bryan Dunnewald. -- Going to get its fifth console. Being rebuilt and enlarged by Rick Morell and Associates. Sweet Sound, not many strings. Getting a festival trumpet and other pipes, and possibly 32' bombard.

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 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Electrified and altered by several builders. A note (by Jim Suttie?) on Roosevelt list says exists, altered. Renovated by I. Morel c. 1969. Chancel. Ash Casework. Cost $30,000. Compass: 58/30. Audsley case design. Originally had water motor. Altered by Moller (old pipework preserved) [was this the 1969 renovation?]. Some changes have been reversed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from 1998 OHS Convention Atlas
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Back of facade: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Great pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Great pipework: cone-tuned Mixture and other trebles: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Great pipework: reeds: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Swell pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Swell pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Swell 8' Vox Humana: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Choir pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Choir pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Solo pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Solo 8' English Horn: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Solo 4' Hohlpfeife and 4' Bombarde: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pedal pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pedal pipework: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Pedal 16' Bassoon: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Pedal 16' Bassoon resonators and 2009 Bombarde: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: Pedal 32' Diapason and 2009 Bombarde: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: 2009 Bombarde: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Pipework: 2009 Bombarde: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Regulators and interior: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2010-01-05

Chancel, Console, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1997-05-04

Church Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1960s).

Chancel and full facade: Photograph by Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2009-08-06

Full facade angle: Photograph by Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2009-08-06

Central facade: Photograph by Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2009-08-06

Console: Photograph by Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2009-08-06

Sanctuary interior and facade: Photograph by Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2009-08-06

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