The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Highway Tabernacle Church
Spring Garden and 21st
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OHS Database ID 5282.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 189, 1996-07-04.

OHS Convention Organ, 2016.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
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 1, 2016.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action.

Two manuals. 23 stops. 27 ranks.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Formerly Fifth Baptist. Restored by Patrick J. Murphy & Assoc. after fire damage in 1987. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from John Igoe.
    Web Site notes: Hilborne L. Roosevelt built their Opus 148 for what is now Highway Tabernacle Church in their Philadelphia shops in 1884. It remained virtually untouched in its original location for another 102 years until being restored by Patrick J. Murphy in 1986.

    What makes this story truly remarkable is that on the night of August 21, 1986 the church was all but destroyed by fire. The manual pipes had all been removed and stored in the adjoining parish hall and the reservoir had been removed to a hallway to be sent out for releathering when the fire hit. The metal façade pipes, still in place, were damaged beyond repair as were a number of the wooden bourdon pipes in the façade to the sides of the metal pipes.

    Recycled Bourdon pipes from Roosevelt Opus 100, 1883, were located to replace the damaged ones. A. R. Schopp constructed new metal façade pipes drawings to match the ones destroyed in the fire. The windchests were re-tabled and repaired and the fire-damaged action restored. The result is an organ that is much as Hilborne Roosevelt left it in 1884. (Database Manager. February 1, 2016)

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Balcony and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2015-02-16

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  • Stoplist provided by the 2016 OHS National Convention committee
           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
           Highway Tabernacle
           Hilborne L. Roosevelt   Op. 148   1884   2/27
           GREAT                          SWELL                        PEDAL
       16' Dbl Open Diapason 58w&m    16' Bourdon          58w     16' Open Diapason 27w
        8' Open Diapason     58m       8' Violin Diapason  58m     16' Bourdon       27w
        8' Doppelflöte       58m       8' Stopped Diapason 58m      8' Violoncello   27m
        8' Viola di Gamba    58m       8' Dolce            46m
        8' Dulciana          46m       4' Flute Harmonique 58m
        4' Octave            58m       4' Gemshorn         58m
    2 2/3' Octave Quint      58m       2' Flageolet        58m
        2' Super Octave      58m     III  Cornet          174m
      III  Mixture          196m       8' Cornopean        58m
        8' Trumpet           58m       8' Oboe             58m
           Great Piano, Great Forte
           Swell Piano, Swell Forte
           Great to Pedal Reversible
           COUPLERS (ny on/off thumb pistons
           Swell to Great
           Swell to Great Octaves
           Great to Pedal
           Swell to Pedal
                             [Received from Jeff Scofield April 1, 2016]