The OHS Pipe Organ Database

University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Irvine Auditorium

OHS Database ID 2556.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 82, 1988-03-22.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 29, 2011.

Technical Details

Austin Universal Air Chests(©).

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 162 ranks. 10731 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. 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.


  • Historic Organ recital 21 Jan 1990. Historic organ recital 12 Jun 2004. (Elizabeth Schmitt. October 30, 2004)
  • Renovated by Austin in 1961: 4 ranks replaced. Original Console partially solid stated 1980. 2 original ranks recovered c.1986 (Swell French Trumpet 8' and Oboe Clarion 4'). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Expression shoe coupling, originally Austin electo-pneumatic, removed 1980; currently solid-state. (Paul Marchesano. January 19, 2005)
  • Hall renovated 1997-2001. Concurrently pipework removed, crated, cleaned and repaired. New actions installed (by Austin). 1926 Austin pipework matching missing original ranks obtained and installed during restoration (Swell Fagotto 16' and Solo Tuba Magna 8'). All pipework restored at Austin factory. New 4 manual drawknob solid state console. Approximate cost of project $1,400,000. (Paul Marchesano. January 19, 2005)
  • Organ relocated from Sesquicentennial Exposition and reinstalled in Irvine Auditorium by Austin Organs, paid directly by Cyrus H. K. Curtis. (Paul Marchesano. August 4, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from Paul Marchesano. (Database Manager. September 8, 2008)
  • Updated through on-line information from paul marchesano. (Database Manager. January 29, 2011)

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Console (Photo taken after removal from instrument). Photograph by Thomas George 2007-10-15
Console with Bench Removed. Photograph by Thomas George 2011-02-21
Console Detail - Expression Selection. Photograph by Thomas George 2011-02-21

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