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California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park
San Francisco, California 94121

OHS Database ID 6579.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 94, 1988-06-20.


Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 23, 2018.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 56 stops. 107 registers. 63 ranks. 4542 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes.

Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1988. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Ceiling installation; organ can be heard in the front court through a series of moveable panels; Triumphal Arch at entrance to court contains Chimes and Clarion; extant; ongoing restoration by Edward Millington Stout III (1994). (Database Manager. January 19, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Shoring. -- While organ has been mechanically restored, it has remained tonally unchanged from its 1924 installation. It's now in excellent condition and is played twice a week. (Database Manager. March 5, 2011)
  • The console is of walnut and was designed by Marshall N. Giselman (information from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). (Chad Boorsma. September 2, 2012)
  • Updated by Bob Shoring, who gave this as the source of the information: Attend weekly concerts and the organists keep me updated on matters related to the organ.
    The only tonal change to the organ since 1924 was the moving of the 8' Arch Clarion stop indoors after 2011. When built, was an outdoor stop, speaking on 30" wind. It was said that it could be heard from ships in the bay or even downtown San Francisco. That stop originally had 44 pipes. I understand that when it was moved indoors, they added pipes to complete the rank. It is enclosed in its own chamber, tightly enclosed to prevent the loud stop from overwhelming the audience. It is a very brilliant, heroic trumpet. Other than that, the organ's stop list and character is just as Mr. Skinner left it. (Steven E. Lawson. March 23, 2018)

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Photographs

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Console. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 2006-02-11
Console. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 2006-02-11
Console. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Solo Pipework. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Solo Pipework. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Traps. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Traps. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Pipework (32' Bombard). Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Traps. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Great Pipework. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Pedal Pipework. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Right Stop Jamb. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Right Coupler Rail. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Expression Shoe Selector. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Left Coupler Rail. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27
Left Stop Jamb. Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald 2014-04-27

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Stoplist

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    San Francisco, California
    California Palace of the Legion of Honor
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 455   1923                 4 manuals, 58 stops, 65 ranks
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
     
            II. GREAT ORGAN (7½" wind)                  I. CHOIR ECHO (6" wind)
        16' Diapason                 73 (unenc.)    16' Echo Bourdon             97
         8' First Diapason           73              8' Stopped Diapason         --
         8' Second Diapason          85              8' Clarabella Celeste (TC)  61
         8' Gross Flute              29 PED          8' Viole d'Orchestre        73
         8' Doppel Flute             85              8' Voix Celeste II         146
         8' Gamba                    73              4' Flute d'Amour            --
         8' Gemshorn Celeste II     134              2' Piccolo                  --
         4' Octave                   --              8' Corno d'Amore            61
         4' Wald Flute               --              8' Vox Humana               61
     2 2/3' Twelfth                  61                 Tremolo
         2' Super Octave             61                 Chimes                   25 tubes
        16' Tuba Profunda            73 (12")
         8' Trumpet                  73 (12")           IV. SOLO ECHO (duplicates above)
         4' Clarion                  73 (12")       16' Echo Bourdon
            Tremolo                                  8' Stopped Diapason
            Chimes                   25 tubes        8' Clarabella Celeste
         8' Harp                     CH              8' Viole d'Orchestre
         4' Celesta                  CH              8' Voix Celeste II
                                                     4' Flute d'Amour
            III. SWELL ORGAN (7½" wind)              2' Piccolo
        16' Bourdon                  97              8' Corno d'Amore
         8' Open Diapason            73              8' Vox Humana
         8' Violin Diapason          73                 Tremolo
         8' Stopped Diapason         --                 Chimes
         8' Gedeckt                  73
         8' Clarabella Celeste (TC)  61                 IV. ARCH ORGAN (30" wind)
         8' Viole d'Orchestre        73              8' Clarion                  44
         8' Viole d'O Celeste        73                 Large Chimes             10 tubes
         8' Voix Celeste II         146
         4' Flute Traverso           73                 PEDAL ORGAN
         4' Gedeckt                  --             64' Gravissima               --
         4' Violina                  73             32' Bourdon Profunda         80
     2 2/3' Flute Twelfth            --             16' First Diapason           32
         2' Flute Super              --             16' Second Diapason          44
     1 3/5' Flute Tierce             --             16' Open Diapason            GT
            Mixture III             183             16' Violone                  56
        16' Posaune                  85             16' Bourdon                  --
         8' Posaune                  --             16' Lieblich Gedeckt         SW
         8' Flugelhorn               73             16' Echo Bourdon             EC
         8' Vox Humana               73             16' Contra Dulciana          CH
         4' Clarion                  73         10 2/3' Quintatone (Violone)     --
            Tremolo                                  8' Gross Flute (2nd Diap)   --
                                                     8' Flute (Bourdon)          --
            I. CHOIR ORGAN (7½" wind)                8' Dolce Flute              SW
        16' Contra Dulciana          97              8' Cello (Violone)          --
         8' Diapason Phonon          73              8' Gamba Celeste II         SO
         8' Concert Flute            73              4' Super Flute (Bdn)        --
         8' Melodia                  73              4' Violin (Violone)         --
         8' Flute Celeste (TC)       61          2 2/3' Twelfth (Bdn)            --
         8' Viola Unda Maris II     146              2' Piccolo (Bdn)            --
         8' Dulciana                 --             32' Tuba Gravissima          68
         4' Flute d'Amour            85             16' Trombone                 --
         4' Unda Maris II           146              8' Tuba                     --
         4' Super Dulciana           --              4' Clarion                  --
     2 2/3' Nazard                   --             16' Contra Posaune           SW
         2' Piccolo                  --             16' Trumpet Profunda         SO
         8' Corno di Bassetto        73                 Chimes                   GT
         8' Orchestral Oboe          73                 Chimes                   EC
            Tremolo                                     Timpani (Bass Drum roll)
            Chimes                   GT                 Thunder Pedal
         8' Harp (TC)                --
         4' Celesta                  61 bars            I. TRAPS (in Dome)
                                                        Bass Drum
            IV. SOLO ORGAN (15" wind)                   Castanets
         8' Stentorphone             73                 Chinese Block
         8' Tibia Plena              73                 Crash Cymbal
         8' Chimney Flute            73                 Gong
         8' Gamba                    73                 Snare Drum (f)
         8' Gamba Celeste            73                 Snare Drum (ff)
        16' Tuba Profunda            85                 Tambourine
         8' Tuba Major               --                 Triangle
         4' Tuba Clarion             --
         8' Military Trumpet         73 (20")
         8' French Horn              73
         8' English Horn             73
         8' Vox Humana               73
            Tremolo
            Chimes                   GT
         8' Harp                     CH
         4' Celesta                  CH
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-08-25]
    
    
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