The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Unitarian Church
Castro and 14th Street
Oakland, California

OHS Database ID 13866.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been removed from this location and is currently in storage.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 21, 2017.

Technical Details

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 33 stops. 49 registers. 42 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: (James Cook. January 8, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Eric Howe. (Database Manager. July 24, 2015)
  • Updated by Walter Bahn
    Richard Purves was associate organist here under Fred Freeman and Harold Hawley right after WWII and before he went to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
    I was organist / music director here at 1st UUA right before Viet Nam after which I became music director / Organist of St Mary-s Cathedral, San Francisco, CA. Richard Ellsasser played concerts here as did others of note. The organ was always considered to be excellent with "Jamison Reeds”. A very similar organ was / is/ at St Paul-s on Lake Merit in Oakland, Calif. The organ at St Paul-s had been destined for Grace Cathedral, San Francisco but rerouted to Oakland after EM Skinner received a contract. I think the organ st 1st UUA : was put into storage after an earthquake in the 80s or 90s. It would be an excellent organ in good acoustics !! (Steven E. Lawson. November 24, 2017)
  • Updated by Ben Williams, who maintains the organ.
    The organ has been moved to the shops of Hupalo & Repasky Pipe Organs, LLC in San Leandro, Calif., and is available for sale. (Steven E. Lawson. December 20, 2017)
  • Updated by Stephen Harris, naming this as the source of information: Orpha Ochse: Austin Organs (2001). Also, Oakland Tribune 1937 article regarding organ. Only change requested is year.
    This organ is currently for sale, represented by Hupalo & Repasky Pipe Organs, San Leandro, Calif. (Steven E. Lawson. December 21, 2017)

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  •      Oakland, California
         First Unitarian Church
         Austin   Op. 2004   1947   3/42
         GREAT                                  CHOIR
     16' Contra Gemshorn         61 *        8' Viola            73
      8' 1st Open Diapason       61          8' Harmonic Flute   73
      8' 2nd Open Diapason       61 *        8' Spitzflöte       73
      8' Melodia                 61 *        8' Flute Celeste    61
      8' Gemshorn                12 *        4' Harmonic Flute   73
      4' Octave                  61      2 2/3' Nasard           61
      4' Octave Gemshorn         12 *        2' Flautino         61
     II  Mixture    12-15       122      1 3/5' Tierce           61
     IV  Mixture    19-22-26-29 244          8' Vox Humana       61
     IV  Full Mixture 1-8-12-15 244 *        4' English Horn     61
         Sub                                    Tremulant (valve)
         Unison Off                          8' Tuba             29 PD
         Super                                  Sub
                                                Unison Off
         SWELL                                  Super
      8' Geigen                  73
      8' Rohrflöte               73             PEDAL
      8' Salicional              73         16' Diapason         32
      8' Voix Celeste            73         16' Bourdon          32
      8' Dulciana                73         16' Gemshorn         GT
      4' Octave Geigen           73         16' Lieblich Gedeckt 12 SW
      4' Rohrflöte               73         16' Dulciana         12 CH
    III  Mixture       15-19-22 183          8' Octave           12
     16' Contra Fagotto          73          8' Flute            12
      8' Trumpet                 73          8' Gemshorn         GT
      8' Oboe                    73          8' Lieblich Flute   SW
      4' Clarion                 73          4' Fifteenth        12
         Tremulant (valve)                   4' Flute            12
         Sub                                16' Bombarde         32
         Unison Off                         16' Contra Fagotto   SW
         Super                               8' Tuba             12
                                             8' Fagotto          SW
      *  enclosed in Choir                   4' Clarion          12
        [Received online from Jeff Scofield August 11, 2012]
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