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St. Francis R.C. Church
397 Ferry St.
New Haven, Connecticut

OHS Database ID 14492.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 168, 1994-06-21.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 24, 2016.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 24 stops. 29 registers. 26 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Built for Davenport Congregational, New Haven in 1874 as Op. 750. (James Cook. February 21, 2005)
  • Online update from Norbert Kelvin -- Whole organ thoroughly cleaned but not completely taken down. Swell Cornopean(?) required two (three?) new pipes which Richard and I made (with help from Yale University Engineering and Applied Science chemical engineering workshop). These pipes should bear markings showing they are not original. Tuning slides fitted to smaller metal flue pipes. Reservoir releathered. The organ was re-dedicated in late Jan 1969, being blessed by the then Pastor Rev. Albert Zanavicch, and I gave the re-dedicatory recital. About 2 years later the few remaining missing pipes of the Great twelfth, fifteenth and mixture were reinstated by Richard Hamar. When the Lithuanian Catholic congregation took over the church from Davenport Congregational, the organ was relocated from the front to the rear gallery by Hall(?) I recall being told that the organ was relocated in 1928. This needs to be confirmed from any diocesan records about the parish of St Casimir. (Database Manager. September 19, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Paul Dessau. -- Completing entry with information from earlier notes. (Database Manager. November 8, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.
    When St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church (Lithuanian) was closed in 2002 for conversion into upscale condominiums, the Hartford Diocese sold the organ to St. Francis Church in the nearby Fair Haven section of New Haven.
    The organ was restored according to OHS Guidelines for Restoration by S.L. Huntington & Co. of Stonington, Connecticut and moved with the assistance of the Organ Clearing House. The organ acquisition and relocation was the capstone of a massive refurbishment of the St. Francis physical plant in celebration of the parish's 150th anniversary. The Hook replaced a small 1950s M.P. Moller unit organ at St. Francis, installed within a small circa 1860s case, which was relocated. The Hook was installed on a specially constructed raised platform designed to distribute the organ's weight over load-bearing beams, and the casework and large frame members which didn't return to the builder's shop for restoration were cleaned and polished in-situ by a large contingent of church members.
    As originally designed, the organ interior was tight and difficult to service, a factor compounded by the installation of the organ against a back wall with the Pedal Diapason forming the rear of the instrument in its original home. With the new luxury of depth in the St. Francis gallery, the Diapason was moved back 18 inches with the resultant modification of the Diapason's action and winding, permitting a service passageway behind the organ at floor level, and with modification of the Swell box rear wall, a new walkboard for tuning and service was added behind the Swell division.
    The slide tuners installed in 1969 were retained, and tonal "adjustments" to the pipework regulation and voicing which occurred over many years were reversed. The organ is stacked with the Swell above the Great, the Pedal 16' Diapason stands on its own chest standing at floor level across the rear of the instrument, and the remaining two pedal stops are divided diatonically on two chests, C and C-sharp, at the sides of the Great chest and at the same level.
    The original facade pipe decoration was recreated by decorative arts specialist Marylou Davis with the assistance of church members. A new Zephyr blower installed at St. Casimir's by the Thompson-Allen company was retained in the new location, and located in a specially constructed room two floors below in the parish hall. With the exception of the bellows releathering, well done by Richard Hamar in 1968 and still in good condition, the remainder of the instrument was restored without any additional changes to the original fabric other than those mentioned above. Removed at the eleventh hour before the transfer of the old St. Casimir's to the new owners in June 2003, the restoration was completed in November, 2003. The instrument was dedicated in a gala concert by the church organist, Britt Wheeler, on January 10th, 2004, performing works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Guilmant. (Database Manager. September 24, 2016)

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Nave, Gallery, and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-07-06

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from console, June, 2003
    St. Francis Church, R.C.
    New Haven, Connecticut
    
    E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, No. 750, 1874
    Restored and relocated by S.L. Huntington & Co., 2003
    
    Compass:58/27
    
    GREAT
    
    Man. I 16 ft.  Op. Diapn. 1-7 stopped wood, 12 zinc in facade, remainder common
    Man. I 8 ft.   Op. Diapn. 1-7 facade, zinc to #17 then spotted. Signed Chas. Beaudry 1874
    Man. I 8 ft.   Melodia    1-17 stopped, remainder open wood
    Man. I 8 ft.   Dulciana   1-12 zinc, remainder common metal
    Man. I 4 ft.   Octave     1-5 zinc, remainder common metal
    Man. I 4 ft.   Flute d'Amour stopped wood with chimneys, open common metal trebles
    Man. I 3 ft.   Twelfth    common metal
    Man. I 2 ft.   Fifteenth  common metal
    Man. I 3 Rank  Mixture    common metal: 
                              C- 2, 1 1/2, 1; c13- 3, 2, 1 1/2; c37- 4, 3, 2
    Man. I 8 ft.   Trumpet    1-24 spotted bells on zinc, then spotted; top 9 flue trebles
    
    SWELL
    
    Man. II 16 ft.  Bourdon Treble  from tenor-c, stopped wood
    Man. II 16 ft.  Bourdon Bass    1-12 (unenclosed)
    Man. II 8 ft.   Op. Diapn.      1-7 stopped wood, #8-17 open zinc, then spotted
    Man. II 8 ft.   Std. Diapn.     stopped wood
    Man. II 8 ft.   Viola           1-6 Quintadena, then open common metal
    Man. II 4 ft.   Violina         common metal
    Man. II 4 ft.   Flauto Traverso open wood, harmonic at c25, 9 common metal trebles
    Man. II 2 Rank  Dolce Cornet    common metal:
                                    C- 1 1/2, 1; f#43- 3, 2, 1 1/2; c49- 4, 3
    Man. II 8 ft.   Cornopean       1-24 spotted bells on zinc, then spotted, top 9 flue trebles,
                                       unusally large scale, harmonic at c37
    Man. II 8 ft.   Oboe            tenor-c, spotted bells on zinc stems, top 9 flue trebles
    Man. II 8 ft.   Bassoon         1-12, spotted bells on zinc stems
    Tremolo
    
    PEDALE
    
    Ped. 16 ft.  Op. Diapn.         open wood
    Ped. 16 ft.  Bourdon            stopped wood
    Ped. 8 ft.   V'cello            1-17 zinc, then common metal
    
    
    COUPLERS
    Swell to Great Coupler
    Great to Pedale Coupler 
    Swell to Pedale Coupler 
    
    
    MECHANICALS
    
    Bellows Signal
    Gr. to Ped. [unlabeled reversible pedal]
    3 unlabeled single-acting Great combination pedals: [Forte, Mezzo, Piano]
    
    Balanced Swell pedal- not original. Originally a ratchet hitchdown with a double set of 
    horizontal shades, at some point- possibly the moving within St. Casimir's-
    the inner set of swell shades was removed and the exterior set was turned 90 degrees to vertical and 
    connected to a new balanced swell pedal mechanism.
        
    
     [Received from Scot Huntington 2016-09-23.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from console, June, 2003 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.