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First Congregational Church
292 Bellview Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022


OHS Database ID 23377.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 353, 2006-12-03.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 14, 2018.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 31 stops. 36 registers. 34 ranks. 2309 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

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


  • Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Replaced #547, which had been lost in a fire; extant; unaltered. (Database Manager. April 19, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from John Gouwens. -- This organ replaced the Skinner Op. 547 that had been lost in a fire soon after its installation. At present (2009), the church has been bought by another congregation (Trinity UCC in Chicago), and is used also by a Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Neither group reportedly uses the organ. The organ shows predictable signs of wear, and is in somewhat shaky condition, but it is completely original. Room acoustics are quite good! (Database Manager. May 1, 2009)
  • Congregation held its last service in 2007. According to a 2018 newspaper article, there is water leaking into the building through the bell tower. The floor of the bell tower had collapsed into a Sunday School room below it. (Chad Boorsma. July 14, 2018)
  • Down to 36 members, the last service for First Congregational was held in 2007; the facility was given to megachurch Trinity United Church of Christ, but their development plans were thwarted by the depression of 2008; with assistance from Trinity UCC and other congregations, Wide Awake United Church of Christ opened in the facility and is still going strong at this time. (Jeff Scofield. January 13, 2020)

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Church Exterior. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2018-07-12
Church Exterior. Photograph by Chad Boorsma 2018-07-12

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Benton Harbor, Michigan
    First Congregational Church
    Skinner Organ Company   1927   Opus 666       4 manuals, 31 stops, 34 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon             61             16' Bourdon             73
          8' Diapason            61              8' Diapason            73
          8' Claribel Flute      61              8' Rohr Flute          73
          4' Octave              61              8' Salicional          73
          4' Flute               61              8' Voix Celeste        73
          8' Tromba              61              8' Flauto Dolce        73
             Chimes              EC              8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
                                                 4' Flute Triangulaire  73
             CHOIR ORGAN                            Mixture IV         244
          8' Concert Flute       61              8' Cornopean           73
          8' Dulciana            61              8' Flugel Horn         73
          4' Flute               61              8' Vox Humana          73
          8' Clarinet            61                 Tremolo
          8' Harp (TC)                              ECHO ORGAN
          4' Celesta                             8' Chimney Flute       61
                                                 8' Vox Humana          61
             SOLO ORGAN                             Tremolo
          8' Orchestral Flute    73
          8' Gamba               73                 PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Gamba Celeste       73             16' Diapason            32
          8' French Horn         73             16' Bourdon             GT
          8' English Horn        73             16' Echo Lieblich       SW
             Tremolo                             8' Octave              12
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73              8' Gedeckt             GT
                                                 8' Still Gedeckt       SW
                                                    Chimes              EC
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-07-08]
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.