The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Bethel A.M.E. Church
404 W. Vermont
Indianapolis, Indiana

OHS Database ID 4430.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 356, 2007-07-12.

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 February 27, 2018.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action.

Two manuals. 17 stops.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Flat radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Hitchdown couplers.


  • In poor condition 1974. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • "Pristine condition," OHS 2007. (James Cook. February 9, 2007)
  • Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who gave this as the source of the information: Indianapolis Star newspaper, April 11, 2016; the church website; and the website of T&W Church Solutions @

    The historic Vermont Street building was sold in the Spring of 2016 to a businessman who plans to incorporate the building facade into a new hotel. Due to the historic nature of the building, the hotel, the Indiana Landmarks, and the Indiana Historical Society have been involved in legal battles over the proposed destruction of major sections of the historic building. The congregation vacated the building in August 2016. According to the church website a new facility is being built on Zionsville Road in NW Indianapolis, far removed from its downtown location. Construction of the new building is underway as of January 2018. When completed the sanctuary will seat 300 and include the relocation of the historic organ from the original Vermont Street location. (Steven E. Lawson. February 27, 2018)

Online Documents

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  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. "Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana," 2007 Organ Atlas: Central Indiana Region (pp. 77-78). [Photograph, stoplist]

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Church Exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Organ Case and Keydesk. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Chancel and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Opus Number Plate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Right Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17

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  • From 2007 convention program
    Bethel A.M.E. Church, Indianapolis, IN
    1905 A.B. Felgemaker Co., Opus 878
    Great (Manual I):
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Melodia
    8' Dulciana
    4' Octave
    4' Flute D'Amour
    2' Super Octave
    Swell (Manual II, enclosed):
    16' Bourdon
    16' Bourdon Bass
    8' Violin Diapason
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Aeolina
    4' Flute Harmonique
    III Dolce Cornet
    8' Oboe Gamba
    16' Bourdon
     [Received from Connor Annable 2011-08-31.]
  • Click Here From 2007 convention program Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.