The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Baptist Temple
360 Schermerhorn St.
New York City: Brooklyn, New York 11217


OHS Database ID 2516.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 137, 1993-09-18.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 10, 2010.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 49 stops. 38 ranks. 2553 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 horizontal rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Setterboard. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Some Sw. pipework removed in 1970's for repair and never returned. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Extensive repairs c. 1991 by Keith Bigger. OHS Historical Organ Recital 18 Sep 1993. Missing pipes replaced by Diapason (1914 Steere & Son, Zion Lutheran, Lancaster, Pennsylvania); 4 string ranks & 2' Flautino (1918 Steere & Son, Op. 707, St. James Lutheran, Wheeling, West Virginia); Vox Humana (1917 Steere & Son, Op. 693, originally in Pilgrim Congregational, Duluth, Minnesota, later Irving Park Baptist, Chicago, Illinois). [or 39rk?] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from Keith Bigger. -- Extant, ongoing restorative repairs per OHS guidelines. Two CD's available from OHS Catalog. Also on (Database Manager. January 27, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from Keith Bigger. -- The Echo division is installed in a tower and speaks through an ornamental plaster grill into the rear gallery. None of the other organs (listed above) were in original condition. The missing 2' Flautino pipes (notes 8 thru 48), were made up from Great 8' Hohlflute pipes of the Wheeling organ. (Database Manager. January 29, 2007)
  • Posted to PIPORG-L July 8, 2010 by Neil Carlson: -- "A very serious fire has destroyed the interior of the Baptist Temple in Brooklyn. News stories are saying the fire started in the organ loft. The organ is a 1918 J W Steere & Son 4/38, opus 700." (James Cook. July 8, 2010)
  • Posted to OHS Members List by Keith Bigger July 8, 2010: -- "The fire broke out in the Swell Division and did not spread, but I have to believe the 14 Ranks are now lost. No cause as yet. Much water and smoke damage. Insurance people are drying things out." and July 9, 2010: -- "There was no water damage to either the Echo Chamber or the Choir/Great/Pedal Chambers and Console. The Blowing Plant is adjacent to the Swell through 2 wooden doors. Let's hope the fire didn't spread to it. I had many left over Steere pipe work left over stored there, along with a Steere Tremolo. I have contacted the insurance company and gave them the name of a local organ builder who I have designated as Organ Conservator. He is well known to us all, and is fully capable of replicating authentically the destroyed section. Lets hope the insurance money holds out." (James Cook. July 9, 2010)
  • Updated through on-line information from Neil Carlson. -- From Keith Bigger by way of friends: The swell division was destroyed in the 7/8/2010 fire; about half of the pedal division destroyed. Eventual fate of the organ unknown at this time. The church had stopped using the organ for services. Only recent use was for special events, such as silent movies. (Database Manager. July 10, 2010)

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Other Websites

  • Baptist Temple - Brooklyn. History, Description, Stoplist, Photographs [NY City AGO Organ Project web site].[Last accessed 2018-07-23.]

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