Pipe Organ Database

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Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 772, 1912)

Location:

16th Street Baptist Church
1530 6th Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203 US
Organ ID: 9297

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • 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: Pneumatic
  • 11 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic 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 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 17, 2013:

Updated through online information from Patrick J. Whitehead. -- Organ and Choir was lowered to its present location during a substantial renovation as a result of a fire. At some point in the earlier 1960s, a detached two manual console was installed and the organ with that addition was dedicated on September 14 1963 with members serving as security during a very turbulent time in Birmingham. The next day September 15, 1963 at 10:22 am, four girls were killed in a blast caused by several sticks of dynamite. The organ was significantly damaged causing the Great Organ to become silent. Many efforts were made to repair the instrument but they were all inadequate. Finally AE Scheuter renovated with work including but not limiting to replacing wind chests, modify action to direct electric, replacing the console, and re-stenciling pipes in the facade.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2007:

Photograph by O. V. Hunt; from the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections.

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 1990

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Electrified at some point. Rebuilt with additions c. 1990 by Pipe Organ Sales & Service (A. E. Schleuter). 3m. console.

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

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Photo with Visible Pipe Facade and attached Keydesk, c. 1930.: Photograph by Oscar Hunt.

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