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St. Mary R.C. Church
55 Warren Street
Boston (Charlestown), Massachusetts 02129

OHS Database ID 4882.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 259, 2000-08-21.


Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 31, 2016.


Technical Details

Slider chests. EP sliders. Mechanical action with pneumatic assist [Barker levers or some similar device]. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 37 stops. 38 registers. 42 ranks. 2561 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The mechanical action console is detached from the main case and reversed.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 2000 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Mechanical action to Swell and Choir, Barker lever to Great and Great Couplers. Some basses tubular pneumatic. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Mark Paige. (Database Manager. September 14, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Leonardo Ciampa. -- Organ is virtually unchanged. Has never been restored but is in a fairly good state of repair and is played often (four weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings, etc.). (Database Manager. February 23, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. September 9, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from Lee Eiseman. -- Andover Organ Company is set to commence a major restoration of action and winding after Easter. (Database Manager. February 23, 2015)
  • Updated through online information from Lee Eiseman.
    Andover Organ Company has restored the action and winding over the last year. (Database Manager. March 31, 2016)

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Photographs

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Organ in rear gallery. Photo by Leonardo Ciampa 2008-05-31
Detached, reversed console. Photo by Leonardo Ciampa 2008-05-31
Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Pipe Facades and Stained Glass Window. (2012) Photograph by Lee Eiseman
Console, Church Interior, and Altar. (2012) Photograph by Lee Eiseman

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Stoplist

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  • Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1966)
    Charlestown (Boston), Massachusetts
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    
    Woodberry & Harris   1892                     3 manuals, 37 stops, 42 ranks
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
         16' Open Diapason          61        16' Bourdon Bass         } 12
          8' Open Diapason          61        16' Bourdon Treble (TC)  } 49
          8' Viol d'Gamba           61         8' Open Diapason          61
          8' Doppel Flute           61         8' Salicional             61
          4' Octave                 61         8' Stopped Diapason       61
          4' Flute Harmonique       61         8' Quintadena             61
      2 2/3' Twelfth                61         4' Octave                 61
          2' Fifteenth              61         4' Flauto Traverso        61
             Mixture III           183         4' Violina                61
             Mixture II            122         2' Flautino               61
          8' Trumpet                61            Cornet III            183
          4' Clarion                61         8' Cornopean              61
                                               8' Oboe                   61
             CHOIR ORGAN (unenclosed)          8' Vox Humana             61
         16' Lieblich Gedakt        61            Tremolo
          8' Geigen Principal       61
          8' Dulciana               61            PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Melodia                61        16' Double Open Diapason   30
          4' Flute d'Amour          61        16' Double Dulciana        30
          2' Piccolo Harmonique     61    10 2/3' Quinte                 30
          8' Clarinet               61         8' Violoncello            30
                                              16' Trombone               30
    
             COUPLERS
             by knobs:
             Great to Pedal
             Swell to Pedal
             Choir to Pedal
    
             by piston knobs below Swell keys:
             Gr. Org. Sep. (Enables/Disables Great)
             Sw. to Pneu.  (Swell to Great)
             Ch. to Pneu.  (Choir to Great)
             Sw. to Ch.    (Swell to Choir)
    
             by piston knobs under Great keys:
             Forte Choir
             Piano Swell
             Mezzo Swell
             Forte Swell
             Rev. Gr. to Ped.
             Piano Great
             Mezzo Great
             Forte Great
             Full Organ
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-11-28]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1966) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.