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First Presbyterian Church (Old South)
29 Federal Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

OHS Database ID 6437.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 77, 1987-08-13.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 29, 2013.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 22 stops. 28 registers. 23 ranks. 1180 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 25 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. Trigger/hitch-down swell. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored by Andover 1974. (Owen lists as 25rk.) Two thunder pedals at bottom end of pedalboard. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Three-sectional facade with 23 stenciled pipes in 3 rounded arches arranged: 7-9-7. The organ cost $3,800 minus $700.00 for the existing 1888 Alley taken in trade. The organ was opened in a recital given by J.H. Willcox on Wed., October 17, 1866. The organ was restored by the Andover Organ Co. in 1973 as their opus R-173. The feeder are in storage, as is the inner of two sets of 9 horizontal Swell expression shutters. The restored organ was re-dedicated by Thomas Murray on December 15, 1974. Sources: extant organ documented April, 1988; Andover files; OHS 1987 Convention Handbook. (Database Manager. September 15, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Michael Martin. (Database Manager. October 29, 2013)

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Rear gallery and organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-06-29

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  • Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1966)
    Newburyport, Massachusetts
    First (Old South) Presbyterian Church
    E. & G. G. Hook   Opus 396   1866   2 manuals, 28 registers, 22 stops, 23 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                           SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon Treble (TC)      44        8' Open Diapason (TC)       44
         16' Bourdon Bass             12        8' ├ćolina                   56
          8' Open Diapason            56        8' St. Diapason Treble (TC) 44
          8' Keraulophon Treble (TC)  44        8' St. Diapason Bass        12
          8' Keraulophon Bass         12        4' Violina                  56
          8' Viol da Gamba (TC)       44        4' Flauto Traverso          56
          8' Melodia (TC)             44        2' Piccolo                  56
          8' St. Diapason Bass        12        8' Oboe (TC)                44
          4' Octave                   56        8' Bassoon                  12
          4' Flute Harmonique         56        8' Clarionet (TC)           44
      2 2/3' Twelfth                  56           Tremulant
          2' Fifteenth                56
             Mixture II              112           PEDALE (compass: 25 notes)
          8' Trumpet Treble (TC)      44       16' Double Open Diapason     27 *
          8' Trumpet Bass             12       16' Double St. Diapason      25
          8' Krum Horn (TC)           44
             COUPLERS                              MECHANICALS
             Swell to Great                        Pedal Check
             Great to Pedale                       Bellows Signal
             Swell to Pedale
             PEDAL MOVEMENTS
             2 Great combination pedals
             Swell pedal
          *  At the left of the Pedal clavier are two small wooden pedals which
             operate AAAA# and BBBB of the 16' Open Diapason -- a very unusual
             contrivance probably installed for some special need of the organist
             in 1866.
    [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.