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First Baptist Church
649 Center Street
Boston: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

OHS Database ID 5993.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 268.

Status and Condition

The organ has been destroyed and is no longer extant.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 21, 2005.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 25 stops. 28 registers. 28 ranks. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.


  • The organ was destroyed when the building burned January 18, 2005. (James Cook. January 21, 2005)

Online Documents

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  • Ciampa, Leonardo. "In Memoriam E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 253 (1859-2005)," The Diapason (March, 2005: pp. 18-19). [Stoplist, photographs.]
  • Glück, Sebastian. "Rare Civil-War Era Hook Organ Destroyed by Fire," The American Organist (Vol. 39, No. 4 [April, 2005]: p. 90).
  • Huntington, Scot. "Requiem Aeternam: The Loss of E. & G. G. Hook Opus 253 (1859) in the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain," The Tracker (Volume 49, No. 2 [Spring, 2005]: pp. 5-12). [Photographs, stoplist, history.]

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Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2013-07-24

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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  • Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (January 1967)
    Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts
    First Baptist Church
    E. & G. G. Hook   Opus 253   1859              3 manuals, 25 stops, 28 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                        SWELL ORGAN
          8' Open Diapason           56     16' Bourdon (TC)            44
          8' Clarabella (TF)         39      8' Open Diapason (TC)      44
          8' Std. Diapason Bass      17      8' Viol di Gamba (TC)      44
          4' Principal               56      8' Std. Diapason (TC)      44
      2 2/3' Twelfth                 56      8' Std. Diapason Bass      12
          2' Fifteenth               56      4' Principal (TC)          44
             Sesquialtera II        112      2' Fifteenth (TC)          44
             Mixture II             112         Dulciana Cornet II (TC) 88
          8' Trumpet                 56      8' Trumpet (TC)            44
                                             8' Hautboy (TC)            44
             CHOIR ORGAN                        Tremulant
          8' Bell Gamba              56
          8' Dulciana                56         PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Std. Diapason Treble    44     16' Sub Bass                25
          8' Std. Diapason Bass      12     16' Dble. Std. Diapason     25
          4' Celestina               56
          4' Flute a Chimnie [sic]   56
          8' Clarionet (TC)          44
             MECHANICALS                        COUPLERS
             2 Combination Pedals - Great *     Swell to Great
             Pedal Check                        Swell to Choir
             Bellows Signal                     Choir to Great Sub 8ves.
             Great to Pedal Reversible *        Great to Pedal
             Swell Pedal                        Choir to Pedal
             * not original
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-11-29]
  • Click Here Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (January 1967) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.