The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Calvary Presbyterian Church/Metropolitan Baptist Church/Old Church Society, Inc.
SW Clay
Portland, Oregon

OHS Database ID 2448.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 205, 1997-07-16.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
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 May 30, 2015.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 18 stops. 20 ranks.

The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.


  • Status Note: There 1997 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Formerly Calvary Presbyterian Church. Bldg sold to Evangel Baptist 1948. Sold to 1st Southern Baptist (Metropolitan Baptist) in1951. After 1969, owned by the Old Church Society, Inc. Organ in almost daily use as of 1997. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated by James R. Stettner, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- The building was later occupied by a Southern Baptist denomination who moved out in the 1960's. The building was facing destruction. Efforts by local advocates saved the building and in 1969 it became The Old Church Society and is run as a concert venue and place for weddings and meetings. The organ lost its original Great 8' Trumpet and Swell 8' Oboe, and the Forte/Piano composition trundles were removed. Those were all later replaced during a 1997 restoration by the Bond firm of Portland, Oregon. (Database Manager. May 30, 2015)

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Chancel and Organ. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1998-12-29
Chancel and Organ (wider view). Photograph courtesy of Bond Organ Builders, Inc. 2006-06-20
Chancel and organ from side angle. Photograph courtesy of Bond Organ Builders, Inc. 2006-06-20
Chancel and Organ Side, closer view. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2006-06-20
Original Installation. Photograph by unknown photographer. Submitted by James R. Stettner. 2006-06-20

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    The Old Church, Portland, OR                                                     
    1883 Hook and Hastings Op. 1141
    (Stoplist - Carol Kent.)
    16' Bourdon
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Melodia
    8' Dulciana
    4' Octave
    3' Twelfth
    2' Fifteenth
    III Mixture
    8' Trumpet
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Viola
    4' Flauto Traverso
    4' Violina
    2' Flautino
    8' Oboe/Bassoon
    16' Open Diapason
    16' Bourdon
    Accessories:  Tremolo, Swell to Ped, Swell to Great, Great to Ped
    In 1883 building.The oldest original installation in the Northwest.
    Calvary Presbyterian Church sold the building in the 1930's; it changed hands several times more, falling upon harder and harder times. In 1968 the Baptist congregation that owned the building moved and the site was destined to become a parking lot. The Old Church Society was formed, obtained the deed to the property and repaired it. The building is in frequent use as a wedding chapel, concert hall and meeting venue.
    The organ was made playable in 1968 by Charles Fisk, Barbara Owen and Kenneth Coulter.  Richard Bond Organ Builders is currently (1997)  restoring the organ.
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.