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First Parish Unitarian
Main St. & Parker Ave.
Northfield, Massachusetts 01360

OHS Database ID 6634.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 199.

OHS Convention Organ, 2015.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 17, 2008.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 13 stops. 13 ranks. 583 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 13 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1995 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From Unitarian, Springfield, MA in 1871. In 1871 building. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This was the moving and reinstallation without tonal or mechanical changes to the 1842 E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 48, from First Unitarian in Springfield, MA. to Northfield. The 5-sectional facade with 23 stencilled pipes arranged: 3-5-7-5-3. The pipes were originally gilded, and were likely stenciled when the organ was moved to this location. This is a GGG-compass organ, without the GGG#. Source: extant organ documented April, 1989. (Database Manager. September 17, 2008)

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Chancel and Organ Case. Photograph (1978) by Jim Lewis
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. (2015) Photograph by Andrew Hagberg

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  • Specification from OHS Convention Handbook, 2015
    Northfield, Massachusetts
    First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian
    E. & G.G. Hook   Opus 48   1842                      2 manuals, 13 stops, 13 ranks
              GREAT ORGAN (GGG, AAA-f3)                SWELL ORGAN (GGG, AAA-f3)
           8' Open Diapason        47               8' Open Diapason          35
           8' Dulciana             35               8' Stopped Diapason       35
           8' St. Diapason Treble  35               4' Principal              35
           8' St. Diapason Bass    23               8' Hautboy                35
           4' Principal            58               8' Stopped Diapason Bass  23 a
           4' Flute                58
       2 2/3' Twelfth              58                  PEDAL
           2' Fifteenth            58              16' Sub Bass               13 b
           8' Cremona              42
                                                    a  unenclosed
                                                    b  probably a later addition
              Swell & Great Coupler
              Great & Pedals Coupler
              2 combinationa pedals for Great
              Bellows Signal
              Swell pedal
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-06-11]
  • Click Here Specification from OHS Convention Handbook, 2015 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.