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St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, R.C.
Mott and Prince streets
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10012

OHS Database ID 1050.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 326, 2004-10-24.

Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 11, 2017.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 39 stops. 40 registers. 45 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.


  • Status Note: There 1980 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Tonally altered by unknown 1879; renovated Donelson 1969, 3-43; renovated Randolph 1972. [Or Mulberry St.?] (Originally 44rk). [Building, with previous Erben destroyed by fire in 1866.] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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  • Ogasapian, John. Organ Building in New York City, 1700-1900. (Braintree, Massachussetts, The Organ Literature Foundation, 1977), pp.89-91, p.203 [0]
  • Radzinsky, Charles A.. "Organ Builders of New York, 1800 to 1909," The New Music Review and Church Music Review (Vol. 9, No. 99 [February 1910], p. 165-168). ["first" history of organbuilding in NYC, bio of builders + descr. of some installations]

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  • erbenrenewal. Description, history, photographs.[Last accessed 2018-07-23.]

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  • Typed specification. Source: from NYC AGO Organ Project website
    New York City, New York
    St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, Roman Catholic
    Henry Erben   1868                            3 manuals, 39 stops, 46 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
         16' Grand Open Diapason   58         16' Bourdon               58
          8' Open Diapason         58          8' Open Diapason         58
          8' Gamba                 58          8' Stopd. Diapason       58
          8' Melodia               58          8' Dulciana              58
          8' Stopd. Diapason       58          8' Viol d'Amour          46
          4' Principal             58               (1-12 Dulciana)
          4' Wald Flute            58          4' Principal             58
      2 2/3' Twelfth               58          4' Flute Harmonique      58
          2' Fifteenth             58          2' Piccolo               58
             Mixture 3 rks        174             Cornet 3 rks         174
             Sesquialtera 3 rks   174          8' Cornopean             58
          8' Trumpet               58          8' Oboe                  58
          4' Clarion               58
             CHOIR ORGAN                          PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Pyramid Diapason      46         16' Double Open Diapason  30
               (1-12 Melodia)                 16' Bourdon               30
          8' Dolce                 58         16' Contra Gamba          30
          8' Keraulophon           46          8' Violon Cello          30
               (1-12 Dolce)                    4' Claribel Flute        30
          8' Stopd. Diapason       58         16' Trombone              30
          8' Melodia               58
          4' Principal             58
          4' Flute Traverso        58
          2' Flageolet             58
          8' Cremona (TC)          46
          8' Bassoon (bass)        12
             COUPLERS                             PEDAL MOVEMENTS
             Great to Pedal                       Swell Piano
             Swell to Pedal                       Swell Forte
             Choir to Pedal                       Great Piano
             Pedal to Pedal 8ves                  Great Mezzo
             Swell to Great                       Great Forte
             Choir to Great                       Great to Pedal Reversible
             Swell to Choir                       Swell Crescendo Lever
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-09-11]
  • Click Here Typed specification. Source: from NYC AGO Organ Project website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.