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First Church Unitarian Universalist
John Eliot Square
Boston (Roxbury), Massachusetts 02119

OHS Database ID 5052.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 138, 1993-10-24.

Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 6, 2019.

Technical Details

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

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 34 stops. 42 registers. 39 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear 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. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 2000. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Barker lever to Great and its couplers. Wind pressure 2 3/4, Pedal and Barker 3 1/4. The Churchin this building, previously had an 1821 Appleton, replaced by an 1850 Wm. B. D. Simmons. Water damaged in a 1982 fire. Repaired 1992-1994 by George Bozeman & Co., Lahaise & Co., and S. L. Huntington & Co. Reopened 24 Oct 1993. (44 stops on Opus list.) (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- 3-sectional facade with 33 stenciled pipes arranged: 7-[6-7-6-]-7. (Database Manager. September 17, 2008)
  • Updated by Scot Huntington, who maintains the organ. The Swell Stopped Diapason 8', 58 pipes, has been omitted from the stoplist below. In May 2019, the organ has been removed for a full restoration by S.L. Huntington & Co. The organ will be out for approximately two years while the interior of the historic building undergoes a complete restoration. (Thurlow Weed. June 6, 2019)

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Balcony and Organ Case. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04

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  • Specification from The Organ in New England by Barbara Owen (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press, 1979)
    Boston (Roxbury), Massachusetts
    First Church of Roxbury (Unitarian Universalist)
    Hook & Hastings   Opus 1171   1883        3 manuals, 34 stops, 39 ranks
    Source: Examination by Barbara Owen
            GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
        16' Open Diapason       58           16' Bourdon Treble      46 tc
         8' Open Diapason       58           16' Bourdon Bass        12
         8' Viola da Gamba      58            8' Open Diapason       58
         8' Doppel Flöte        58            8' Salicional          58
         4' Octave              58            8' Aeoline             58
         4' Flute Harmonique    58            8' Quintadena          58
     2 2/3' Twelfth             58            4' Violina             58
         2' Fifteenth           58            4' Flauto Traverso     58
            Mixture IV         232            2' Flautino            58
         8' Trumpet             58               Dolce Cornet III   174
                                              8' Cornopean           58
            CHOIR ORGAN                       8' Oboe                58
         8' Geigen Principal    58               Tremolo
         8' Melodia             58
         8' Keraulophon         58               PEDAL ORGAN
         8' Dulciana            58           16' Open Diapason       27
         4' Fugara              58           16' Bourdon             27
         4' Flute d'Amour       58            8' Violoncello         27
         2' Piccolo             58           16' Trombone            27
         8' Clarionet           58 *
            * 1-12 Oboe bass
            COUPLERS                             MECHANICALS
            Swell to Great                       Great Organ Separation
            Choir to Great                       Bellows Signal
            Swell to Choir                       Great to Pedal Reversible
            Great to Pedal                       Balanced Swell Pedal
            Swell to Pedal                       
            Choir to Pedal                       4 Combination Pedals
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-12-31]