Austin Organ Co. (Opus 890, 1920)

Location:

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Catholic Church
435 Xenia Avenue
Dayton, OH 45410 US
Organ ID: 9172

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on April 13, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 42 ranks. 3,800 pipes. 3 manuals. 36 stops. 45 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 36
  • Registers: 45
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on April 13, 2022:

From church website: In July 1919, a contract was signed with the Austin Organ Company (later Austin Organs, Inc.) of Hartford Connecticut, to build a large romantic organ. The organ took over two months to install, and it was possible that the choir loft, in which the organ resides, was erected at this time, as well. The dedicatory recital was performed by Dr. Marcus Kellerman on Sunday, October 24, 1920.

In 1996, Peebles-Herzog, Inc. was hired to rebuild the organ. Tonally the organ would be left alone, to sound just as it had for three-quarters of a century. Pipes numbering the thousands were removed, washed, vacuumed, and reinstalled, with volunteers doing much of the work. The organ has over 2,800 pipes in the Gallery organ, and nearly 1,000 pipes in the Echo organ.

As the instrument approaches its centennial, tastes have seemingly come full circle and there is again a growing appreciation for these vintage pipe organs. As so many have been lost to neglect or changes in taste, it is most fortunate that we have preserved today in the acoustical and visual splendor of St. Mary, a rare jewel of early 20th century American Romantic organ building.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 13, 2022.

Database Manager on July 28, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from Michael Hughes.

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 1998

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Ded. Dr. Marcus Kellerman, 24 Oct 1920. Cleaned and repaired by Kilgen in 1955. Rebuilt 1996 by Peebles Herzog, with no tonal alterations. Original windchest rebuilt. Console computerized, new wood keyboards. [Previous organ sold in 1920 to a R. C. church in Sheboygan, WI.]

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

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: internet, unidentified photographer, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano.

Echo Organ facade at front of church, side altar: Photograph from an archival source: Church website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano.

Church interior: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-02-27

Church exterior: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-02-27

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