The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Madison Avenue Baptist Church
30 East 31st Street at Madison Avenue
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10016

OHS Database ID 17260.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 16, 2019.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 27 stops. 47 registers. 30 ranks. 2103 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.


  • Identified through information in Volume VIII p. 46 of the Pilcher factory ledger and the list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Original price: $20,000. With echo. Photo Archives 4111. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. August 31, 2011)
  • One of the early twentieth-century 'skyscraper churches,' the church was housed in the lower floors of the 15-story Roger Williams Hotel, named after the Rhode Island theologian and abolitionist who started the first Baptist Church in America; the organ was replaced by an electronic in the 1990's; the hotel is now the luxury Roger Hotel New York. (Jeff Scofield. September 16, 2019)

Online Documents

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  • Pilcher Organs. Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt. Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph. Document Date. April 5, 2005.

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  • . Source: Stoplist copied from The American Organist November 1932
        New York, New York
        Madison Avenue Baptist Church
        Pilcher   Op. 1527   1931   3/30
        As per the policy of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST at
        the time, stop names of extensions and borrows
        are shown with the same name as the parent rank.
        GREAT (enclosed)           SWELL
     8' 1st Diapason 73        16' Bourdon           61
     8' 2nd Diapason 73         8' Diapason Phonon   73
     8' Philomela    73         8' Bourdon           12
     8' Gamba        73         8' Viole d'Orchestre 73
     4' Octave       73         8' Viole Celeste     73
     4' Philomela    12         8' Aeoline           73
     2' Fifteenth    --         4' Bourdon           12
    IV  Mixture     244     2 2/3' Bourdon            7
     8' Tuba         73         2' Bourdon            5
        Tremulant               8' Cornopean         73
        Chimes       EC         8' Oboe              73
                                8' French Horn       73
        ECHO                       Tremulant
                                   Chimes            EC
     8' Flauto Dolce  61
     8' Flute Celeste 61           CHOIR
     8' Vox Angelica  61       16' Dulciana          61
     4' Flauto Dolce  12        8' English Diapason  73
     8' Vox Humana    61        8' Concert Flute     73
        Tremulant               8' Viola             73
        Chimes        21        8' Dulciana          12
                                4' Concert Flute     12
        PEDAL                   4' Dulciana          12
                            2 2/3' Dulciana           7
    32' Resultant     --        8' Clarinet          73
    16' Diapason      32           Tremulant
    16' Subbass       32        8' Harp              61
    16' Bourdon       32           Celesta
    16' Gamba      GT 12 
    16' Bourdon       SW
    16' Dulciana      CH
     8' Diapason      12
     8' Bourdon       12
     8' Flute Dolce   SW
     8' Dulciana      CH
    16' Tuba          GT
        [Received from Jeff Scofield September 16, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist copied from The American Organist November 1932 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.