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.
Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.
Four manuals. 56 stops.
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.
Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston.
Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud.
Combination action thumb pistons.
Combination action toe studs.
Coupler reversible toe studs.
- 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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