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First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

OHS Database ID 30073.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 366, 2008-07-18.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 8, 2014.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 29 stops. 36 registers. 38 ranks. 2316 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, standard AGO placement. 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 toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This organ originally built for First Methodist in Tacoma, WA. Bldg. sold 2006 and organ removed. Purchased by Bond of Portland. Historically restored by Bond for First Baptist w/o tonal changes. Only mechanical change was a new solid state combination action. Organ installed during summer of 2007. Organ in two chambers on each side of the room at the front just ahead of the chancel. Swell on left. Choir on right. Great and Pedal divided on both sides. Console in a 'pit' on the right side of the chancel. Dedicatory recital on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. with Douglas Cleveland as guest recitalist. (Database Manager. October 23, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Joe O'Donnell. -- The upgrade of the instrument included a solid-state switching system as well as combination action. Also, the Great is entirely located on the left side. Only the Pedal is divided (pitman chest on the right, Contre Bass and Posaune on the left). (Database Manager. November 1, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Ruth Draper. -- 2014 a Tierce was added to the choir, modeled after that in the choir division of Opus 1071. The 1950 contract for Opus 1216 included a Tierce, which was among the stops changed in the revised 1952 contract. (Database Manager. August 8, 2014)

Online Documents

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  • Organ recital series 2007-2008.. Program for dedication of relocated organ. Author: Author not identified Source: Printed brochure. Document Date. October 21, 2008.

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  • Roger, Meers. "First Baptist Church, Seattle: The Church History," 2008 Organ Atlas: Seattle (pp. 16-22). [Photograph, stoplist]
  • David, Dahl. "First Baptist Church, Seattle: The "New Aeolian-Skinner"," 2008 Organ Atlas: Seattle (pp. 18-22). [Photograph, stoplist]

Related Database Entries

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Aeolian-Skinner Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Harrison Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Console detail: Pedalboard, swell shoes, toe studs. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Left stop jamb. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Right stop jamb. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Couplers. Photograph by Jim Cook 2008-07-18
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2008-07-18

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  • Taken from the console June 28, 2006
    Seattle, Washington
    Seattle First Baptist Church
    Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1216, 1953
    Great                61 notes, unenclosed
    Quintaton 16
    Montre 8
    Bourdon 8
    Principal 4
    Flute Harmonique 4
    Fifteenth 2
    Fourniture III-V
    Great 4
    Swell                68 notes, enclosed
    Viola Pomposa 8
    Rohr Gedeckt 8
    Viola Celese 8       CC
    Spitz Flöte 4
    Octavin 2
    Plein Jeu III
    Fagotto 16
    Trompette 8
    Hautbois 4
    Swell 16
    Swell Unison Off
    Swell 4
    Choir                68 notes, enclosed
    Spitz Gamba 8
    Cor de Nuit 8
    Klein Erzähler II 8
    Koppelflöte 4
    Nasat 2 2/3
    Blockflöte 2
    Terz 1 3/5           2013 addition
    English Horn 8
    Choir 16
    Choir Unison Off
    Choir 4
    Pedal                 32 notes, unenclosed
    Contre Basse 16
    Quintaton 16          Great
    Rohr Bourdon 16       Swell extension
    Principal 8
    Rohr Gedeckt 8        Swell
    Choral Bass 4
    Mixture III
    Posaune 16
    Fagotto 16            Swell
    Trumpet 8             Posaune extension
    Clarion 4             Posaune extension
    Swell to Pedal 8
    Great to Pedal 8
    Choir to Pedal 8
    Swell to Pedal 4
    Choir to Pedal 4
    Swell to Great 16
    Swell to Great 8
    Swell to Great 4
    Choir to Great 16
    Choir to Great 8
    Choir to Great 4
    Swell to Choir 16
    Swell to Choir 8
    Swell to Choir 4
    100-level Combination action with general piston sequencer
     [Received from Joe O\\'Donnell 2014-03-02.]
  • Click Here Taken from the console June 28, 2006 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.