The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. John's United Church of Christ
Palatine, Illinois 60067

OHS Database ID 1197.


This organ received OHS Citation number 286, 2005-02-20.

Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 1, 2015.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 2 divisions. 8 stops. 8 ranks. 421 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a gallery at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. No enclosed divisions. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Updated through on-line information from Scott Regula. (Database Manager. September 5, 2009)
  • Updated through on-line information from Connor Annable. (Database Manager. June 7, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Laura DArgo. (Database Manager. November 1, 2015)

Online Documents

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  • Friesen, Susan. "Program: Two Cameo Concerts of Advent and Christmas Music," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 2, No. 1 [February 1981], pp.14-15). [also Michael Friesen]

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Facade. Photograph by Erik Matson 2017-05-25

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  • From The Stopt Diapason Autumn 1997
    St. John United Church of Christ, Palatine, IL
    ca. 1885 Emil Witzmann (attr.) organ
    8' Open Diap.
    8' Stop. Diap.
    8' Dulciana (a)
    4' Principal
    4' Flute (tc)
    2 2/3' Twelfth
    2' Fifteenth
    a  1-12 Stopped Diapason
    16' Sub Bass
    From Erik Matson:  There is a "Piano" foot pedal, which when pushed takes off 
    all the stops from the right stop jamb (all the principals and 4' flute), 
    and there is another foot pedal (presumably called "Forte" although the label 
    is missing) which brings on all those stops from the right jamb.
     [Received from Connor Annable 2011-10-28.]
  • Click Here From The Stopt Diapason Autumn 1997 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.