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Wangerin-Weickhardt Co. (1914)

Location:

Fort Street Presbyterian Church
631 W. Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226 US
Organ ID: 27234

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • 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: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 60 ranks. 3,253 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 61 stops. 64 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 61
  • Registers: 64
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 27, 2018:

Updated by William M. Worden, who has heard or played the organ. William M. Worden also named this publication as a source of information: Detroit Free Press, June 5 and June 7, 1877.
Fort Street Presbyterian burned to a shell in 1876. It then had a less serious fire in 1914 that left the Odell cases intact but did serious damage to the building (other damage to the Odell is unknown), after which the Wangerin-Weickhardt was installed. Although information in this entry states that some part of the original Stevens organ survived in the Wangerin-Weickhardt, photos of the burned-out church in 1876 suggest that this is not possible. Elements of the 1877 Odell, however, were apparently retained and remain in the organ today. The two Gothic-arched flats on either side of the case are from the Odell, while the center flat with its shallow concave downward curve was added by Wangerin-Weickhardt; it seems that the Odell was in divided cases and the console was attached to the side of one of the cases, but this is oral history. The older pipework thought to be Stevens is likely Odell.

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

Database Manager on July 03, 2008:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Work after McManis: George Price, 1961; Philip Robertson, 1969-1972

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

Database Manager on July 26, 2007:

Identified through online information from Douglas W. Craw. -- The Organ contains a small portion of the original instrument built by George Stevens in 1855 when the church was erected. The Wangerin-Weickhardt organ was installed in 1914 after a devastating fire almost destroyed the church. The instrument has been updated periodically with a new 4 manual console by Moller in 1953 and pipework additions and voicing by Charles McMannis in 1955. Further additions took place in the 1960s & 1970s. A major renovation with further additions took place in the early 1990s.

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

Instrument Images:

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by the Detroit Publishing Company; image courtesy of the Library of Congress. Taken on 1915-03-21

Organ Case: Photograph by the Detroit Publishing Company; image courtesy of the Library of Congress. Taken on 1915-03-21

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: Photograph by the Detroit Publishing Company; image courtesy of the Library of Congress. Taken on 1915-03-21

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