St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church
This instrument is a three-manual tracker built by Hilbourne Roosevelt in 1880. The
acquisition of such a very fine instrument was not typical of Irish parrishes in South
Philadelhia. The obvious instigator of so fine a purchace was the composer of Catholic
church music Albert RoSewig, a German national who served as Director of Music at St.
Borromeo for thirty-fie years -- until his death in 1929.
The organ is in exactly the same form as when it was built with the exception of an
electric motor put in in 1904. It has regrettably suffered some damage in the early
2000s. A couple of hunderd pipes were stolen mainly from the bass. For what reason
we do not know. It afftects the Great and Choir as well as the Fagatto in the pedals.
The instrument itself is nonetheless quite playable and is played every sunday. We
need to raise money to restore the pipes. The bellows system is also in poor shape.
All of the wooden ranks are complete. I have restored the Clarion down to middle C,
but the Trumpet is too far gone.
The accoustics of this church are excellent such that this could be a very important
The Stop list is as follows:
8 Doppel flute
4 Wald flute
2 2/3 Twelth
8 (uncertain, perhaps a soft diapson, has a full harnonic sound)
The end is broken off.
8 Stopped Diapson
4 Harmonic Flute
8 Violin Diapason
4 Rohr Flute
16 Open Diapson
8 Violin Cello
Couplers (all use pistons between the manuals)
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Swell to Choir
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
I. Great: Doppel Flute, 2 Fifteenth, 2 2/3 Twelth
II. Great: All stops
III. Swell: Stopped Diapason, Salicional
IV. Swell: All stops
Great to Pedal foot switch
[Received via e-mail from James Hale March 30, 2007.]