The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Auditorium Theater
56 E. Congress at Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605

OHS Database ID 18032.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 29, 2015.


Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 107 stops. 127 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

Notes

  • Sold at auction to Wm. H. Barnes who donated it to Indiana University in 1944. (Source: Pipe Organ Registry, prepared in 1983 for the AGO regional convention by the Indianapolis Chapter, AGO.) (Elizabeth Schmitt. May 5, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Paul Cadrin. -- A detailed description of the original specifications of this organ was published in the introductory pages of the score to Théodore Dubois' Fantasie triomphale, composed for its inauguration. (Database Manager. March 29, 2015)

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Bibliography

  • 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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Console. Photograph (ca. 1900) from the collection of Jim Lewis
Chamber Openings. Photograph (ca. 1900) from the collection of Jim Lewis

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  • Typed Specification. Source: from municipalorgans.net website
    Chicago, Illinois
    Auditorium Theater
    
    Frank Roosevelt   No. 400   1889                4 manuals, 107 stops, 127 ranks
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             GREAT ORGAN                            SOLO ORGAN (8 inch pressure)
         16' Double Open Diapason    61          8' Stentorphone            61
         16' Contra Gamba            61          8' Violoncello             61
          8' First Open Diapason     61          8' Concert Flute           61
          8' Second Open Diapason    61          4' Viola                   61
          8' Gemshorn                61          4' Flute Octaviante        61
          8' Viola di Gamba          61*         4' Hohl Pfeife             61
          8' Viola d'Amour           61*         2' Piccolo Harmonique      61
          8' Principal Floete        61         16' Tuba Major              61
          8' Doppel Floete           61*        16' Basset Horn             61
      5 1/3' Quint                   61*         8' Tuba Mirabilis          61
          4' Octave                  61          8' Orchestral Oboe         61
          4' Gambette                61*         8' Orchestral Clarinet     61
          4' Flute Harmonique        61*         8' Cor Anglais             61
      2 2/3' Octave Quint            61*         4' Tuba Clarion            61
          2' Super Octave            61*            Cathedral Chimes        25 tubes
             Mixture 4 and 5 Rks.   298*
             Scharff 3 and 4 Rks.   220*            ECHO ORGAN (played from Solo)
         16' Ophecleide              61*        16' Quintatoen              61
          8' Trumpet                 61*         8' Keraulophone            61
          4' Clarion                 61*         8' Dolcissimo              61
          *  enclosed in Choir swell-box         8' Unda Maris (TC)         49
                                                 8' Fern Floete             61
             SWELL ORGAN                         4' Dulcet                  61
         16' Double Dulciana         61          4' Flauto Traverso         61
         16' Bourdon (split knob)    61             Armonia Ætheria 4 Rks. 244
          8' Open Diapason           61          8' Horn                    61
          8' Violin Diapson          61          8' Oboe                    61
          8' Spitz Floete            61          8' Vox Humana              61
          8' Salicional              61
          8' Æoline                  61             STAGE ORGAN (played from Solo)
          8' Vox Celestis (TC)       49          8' Open Diapason           61
          8' Flute Harmonique        61          8' Doppel Floete           61
          8' Clarabella              61          4' Octave                  61
          8' Stopped Diapason        61          8' Trumpet                 61
          4' Octave                  61
          4' Salicet                 61             PEDAL ORGAN
          4' Hohl Floete             61         32' Double Open Diapason    30
          4' Flauto Dolce            61         32' Bourdon                 30
          2' Flageolet               61         16' First Open Diapason     30 wood
             Cornet 4 and 5 Rks.    281         16' Second Open Diapason    30 zinc
             Acuta 3 Rks.           183         16' Dulciana                30
         16' Contra Fagotto          61         16' Violone                 30
          8' Cornopean               61         16' Stopped Diapason        30
          8' Oboe                    61     10 2/3' Quint                   30
          8' Vox Humana              61          8' Octave                  30
          4' Clarion                 61          8' Violoncello             30
                                                 8' Flute                   30
             CHOIR ORGAN                     5 1/3' Octave Quint            30
         16' Double Melodia          61          4' Super Octave            30
          8' Open Diapason           61             Mixture 3 Rks.          90
          8' Geigen Principal        61         32' Contra Bombard          30
          8' Dulciana                61         16' Trombone                30
          8' Flauto Traverso         61         16' Serpent (free reed)     30
          8' Lieblich Gedeckt        61         16' Contra Bassoon          30
          8' Quintadena              61          8' Clarion                 30
          4' Octave                  61
          4' Fugara                  61
          4' Flute d'Amour           61
      2 2/3' Nazard                  61
          2' Piccolo                 61
             Dolce Cornet 5 Rks.    305
         16' Euphone                 61
          8' Tromba                  61
          8' Clarinet                61
             Carillons (TF)          44 steel bars
    
             MECHANICAL ACCESSORIES                 COUPLERS
             Swell Tremulant                        Swell to Great
             Choir Tremulant                        Choir to Great
             Solo Tremulant                         Solo to Great
             Echo Tremulant                         Swell to Choir
             Echo Organ Ventil                      Swell Octaves on itself
             State Organ Ventil                     Solo Octaves on itself
             Combination Release                    Solo to Pedal
             Crescendo & Diminuendo Indicator       Swell to Pedal
             High Pressure Wind Indicator           Great to Pedal
             Medium Pressure Wind Indicator         Choir to Pedal
             Low Pressure Wind Indicator
             Stage Organ Signal                     PEDAL MOVEMENTS
             Engineer's Signal                      Full Organ Pedal
                                                    Pedal Ventil
             ROOSEVELT PATENT AUTOMATIC             Solo "Off" Echo "On" Ventil
             ADJUSTABLE COMBINATION ACTION          Solo to Great Reversible Coupler
             7 Pistons affecting Great and          Swell Octaves Reversible Coupler
                 Pedal Stops and Couplers           Solo to Pedal Reversible Coupler
             8 Pistons affecting Swell and          Great to Pedal Reversible Coupler
                 Pedal Stops and Couplers           Balanced Swell Pedal
             5 Pistons affecting Choir and          Balanced Great and Choir Pedal
                 Pedal Stops and Couplers           Balanced Solo and Echo Pedal
             5 Pistons affecting Solo and           To close all boxes
                 Pedal Stops and Couplers           To open all boxes
             5 Pedals affecting Pedal Stops         Crescendo Pedal
                 and Couplers
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-05-01]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: from municipalorgans.net website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.