The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. John's Episcopal Church
260 Gorham Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01851

OHS Database ID 6137.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 277, 2002-04-21.

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 October 23, 2008.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 21 stops. 24 ranks. 1299 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. 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. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ is in a chamber in the front left corner of the church. There are two facades: the larger encased facade is on the nave side. The pipe fence facade is over the keydesk on the chancel side. The stoplist is quite generous. The organ has 12 foot trundles controlling the water motor (now gone), chimes (added 20th cent. on T-P action), manual and pedal combinations, octave couplers, and the Swell Tremulant. Source: extant organ documented March, 1988. (Database Manager. October 23, 2008)

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Keydesk. Photograph by Ralph Funaro 2015-06-07
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Ralph Funaro 2015-06-07
Pipe Facade and Keydesk. Photograph by Ralph Funaro 2015-06-07

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  • Specification from The Organ in New England by Barbara Owen (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press, 1979)
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Geo. H. Ryder   1871                        2 manuals, 21 stops, 24 ranks
            Source: Examination of extant organ by Barbara Owen
            GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
         8' Principal           58           16' Lieb. Gedeckt Bass   12
         8' Dolce               58           16' Lieb. Gedeckt Treble 49 tc
         8' Viola di Gamba      58            8' Geigen Principal     58
         8' Wald Flöte          58            8' Harmonica            58
         4' Octave              58            8' Gedeckt              58
         4' Rohrflöte           58            4' Violina              58
     2 2/3' Quint               58            4' Spitzflöte           58
         2' Super Octave        58               Mixture II          116
            Mixture III        174            8' Hautbois Discant     46 tc
         8' Tromba              58            8' Fagotto Bass         12
                                                 Chimes *
            PEDAL ORGAN                          * added 20th c., t-p action
        16' Violon Bass         27
        16' Sub Bass            27               COUPLERS
         8' Violoncello         27               Great to Pedal
                                                 Swell to Pedal
            MECHANICALS                          Swell to Great
            Swell Tremulant                      Swell to Great Suboctave
            Great to Pedal Reversible
            7 combination pedals
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-01-02]