Wicks Pipe Organ Co. (1957)

Originally Hook & Hastings (Opus 2096, 1906)

Location:

Reid Memorial United Presbyterian Church
N. 11th and A Streets
Richmond, IN 47374 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 8243

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • 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: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 42 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric 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: 3
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • 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 Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Timothy E. Conyers on April 16, 2022:

Indiana Landmarks to sell Huddleston Farmhouse, move to historic Reid church.
"...The sale continues Indiana Landmarks' cycle of restoring historic properties to use as regional offices. The Eastern Regional Office will move to the Reid Center, which is the former Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Richmond. “In acquiring properties for use as regional offices, Indiana Landmarks picks significant structures in need of revitalization and rehabilitates them to spur additional preservation in the surrounding region,” said Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis. “When the time is right, we turn these properties over to new preservation-minded owners and invest the sale proceeds into other threatened historic buildings.” ...The Reid Memorial building has been vacant since 2017. It is known for its Tiffany stained-glass windows. The building has been on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered list, but is now planned to be used as a community center. As a tenant, Indiana Landmarks will assist in the building's revitalization....Indiana Landmarks has nine regional offices throughout the state to help residents rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns." Richmond Palladium-Item newpaper, February 28, 2022.

The significance of Indiana Landmarks taking over ownership of the building is in the future, if the property is sold, the new owners cannot remove or alter historic features of the building. Since the entire sanctuary area is designed by Tiffany Studios and the organ facade was designed by Hook & Hastings to complement the sanctuary design; the pipe organ has been saved for the foreseeable future.

We received the most recent update for this note from Timothy E. Conyers on April 16, 2022.

Database Manager on December 28, 2017:

Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who has heard or played the organ.
It was reported in the local newspaper the congregation disbanded in November 2017. Discussions are underway to preserve the historic building, an architectural gem which includes several Tiffany windows and other interior liturgical items designed by the Tiffany Studios. Source: Palladium-Item newspaper, Richmond, IN, Dec. 2, 2017.

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

Database Manager on September 27, 2008:

Updated through information from Kurt van Schakel: Reid Memorial Presbyterian in Richmond, IN has a magnificent pair of matched cases in the chancel containing a 16' Dulciana as well as the Great 16' Open (and various 8' portions). This organ was a Hook and Hastings that was re-actioned by Wicks in the 1950's with only a couple of tonal changes, and was featured at the OHS Indianapolis convention a year ago. One change from the H&H was the inclusion of the largest scale Robert-Morton Vox Humana in the Choir division I've ever seen outside of a theatre organ, on its own tremulant! [Posted to PIPORG-L September 27, 2008.]

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

Database Manager on July 15, 2007:

According to the 2007 Organ Atlas, the Wicks rebuild included a new console and new all-electric chests.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was Hook & Hastings (1905, Opus 2096).

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.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from <i>OHS Organ Atlas 2007</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Sanctuary Interior and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Organ cases: Photo by Jane Holman. Taken on 2007-04-17

Organ cases: Photo by Jane Holman. Taken on 2000-12-02

Left Drawknobs: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Right Drawknobs: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

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