Portland, Oregon
Lewis & Clark College - Agnes Flanagan Chapel (basement)

HENRY ERBEN, 1851 - Original Specifications

MANUAL (Expressive)                          COUPLERS
   [8]  Open Diapason         (tf)  39          Manual permanently coupled to
   [8]  Keraulophon           (tf)  39          the pedalboard.
   [8]  Dulciana              (tf)  39
   [8]  St. Diapason Treble   (tf)  39
   [8]  St. Diapason Bass           17       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
   [4]  Principal                   56          Expression             (hitch-down)
   [2]  Fifteenth                   56

PEDAL (27 notes)
   No independent Pedal registers

ACTION: Mech. Key & Stop      VOICES: 6      STOPS: 7      RANKS: 6      PIPES: 285

This organ was shipped around Cape Horn to California for its original home. For a
period of time there was some question as to whether it was in a Presbyterian or an
Episcopal church. Research has since yielded the instrument's original home as First
Presbyterian Church of San Francisco. In 1863, it was purchased by and moved to First
Presbyterian Church of Portland, OR. where it was first used at the original Washington
Street & 3rd Ave. location. When the new church was built at 12th and Alder, the Erben
was used in the chapel while the stone sanctuary was being completed. Upon its completion,
a new 3-manual organ by Geo. H. Ryder of Boston (Opus 155, 1891) was installed in the
front gallery. Later in the 19th century, the Erben was loaned to Westminster Presbyterian
Church. After that, it was on-loan to Vernon Presbyterian Church and served there until as
late a 1954. It was next to be loaned to an institution, but there was no interest in it,
so it came to rest in the home of Dr. Lewis Thayer of Portland. The organ remained in the
Thayer home until 1980 when they sold their home. The organ has since come to rest in a
basement conference room of the Agnes Flanagan Chapel on the campus of Lewis & Clark College
in Portland. It was installed here by Eugene, OR. organ builder Kenneth Coulter.

The case is of solid cherry, but was “Colonialized” with white paint sometime in it's past.
Ornaments are painted gold, but molding and trim and the keydesk are still in stained cherry.
The original 8' Keraulophon has been replaced with a tenor F, 8' Oboe of unknown provenance.

Sources: First Presbyterian history, Lewis & Clark files; JRS; extant organ

 [Received from James R. Stettner 2013-02-19.]
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