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First Congregational Church
531 Washington Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46360

OHS Database ID 6712.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 232.


Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 19, 2018.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 26 stops. 28 ranks. 1540 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1990. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Fox shows this as Opus 506 from Church of the Messiah, Unitarian, Chicago, IL (3-26), one rank altered. In danger. was on list as #507, which was a 2-15 built for First Presbyterian, Decatur, IL. The former is probably correct as the Decatur organ is marked butchered one version of the Roosevelt list. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Gouwens. -- Organ was restored by Rutz; original action was beyond restoration, so rebuilt as a (very heavy) tracker action. Stop action is electrified (but, alas, very sluggish) sliders, no combination. Church itself is in some jeopardy, leaving the future of this organ in some question. (Database Manager. November 27, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- Current congregation does not use. Trustee Board looking for suitable new home/owner. 11-2012 (Database Manager. November 26, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- The First Congregational Church Building is in the process of a rent to buy contract. The organ is not being sold. New congregation does not use organ in their service. Therefor currently looking for a new home for opus 506. A sale or a move to a more suitable venue. George Dobie, Trustee (Database Manager. February 27, 2014)
  • Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard. (Database Manager. September 1, 2015)
  • Updated by Matt Gerhard, who has heard or played the organ. (Steven E. Lawson. July 19, 2018)

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Bibliography

  • Friesen, Michael D.. "Chicago-Midwest Northern Indiana Organ Crawl," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 6 [December 1980], pp. 3-9).

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Photographs

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Left Drawknobs (Swell and Pedal). Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Right Drawknobs (Great and Choir). Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Left Combination Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Right Combination Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Expression Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Console. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Pipe Facade. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Builder and Restorer's Nameplates. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26

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Stoplist

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  • Typed Specification. Source: from The Stopt Diapason, Winter 1996/97
    Michigan City, Indiana
    First Congregational Church
    
    Frank Roosevelt   Opus 506   1891              3 manuals, 26 stops, 28 ranks
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                           SWELL ORGAN
         16' Double Open Diapason   58         16' Bourdon (Treble/Bass)  58
          8' Open Diapason          58          8' Open Diapason          58
          8' Doppleflöte            58*         8' Stopped Diapason       58
          8' Viola di Gamba         58*         8' Salicional             58
          4' Octave                 58*         4' Gemshorn               58
      2-2/3' Octave Quint           58*         4' Flute Harmonique       58
          2' Super Octave           58*            Cornet III            174
          8' Trumpet                58*         8' Cornopean              58
             * enclosed in Choir box            8' Oboe                   58
                                                   Tremulant
             CHOIR ORGAN
          8' Geigen Principal       58             PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Concert Flute          58         16' Open Diapason          30
          8' Dolce                  58         16' Bourdon                30
          4' Rohrflöte              58          8' Violoncello            30
          2' Piccolo Harmonique     58
          8' Clarinet               58
    
             ACCESSORIES                           COUPLERS
             Composition Pedal - Swell #1          Great to Pedal
             Composition Pedal - Swell #2          Swell to Pedal
             Composition Pedal - Great #1          Choir to Pedal
             Composition Pedal - Great #2          Swell to Choir
             Great to Pedal Reversible (toe)       Swell to Great
             Swell Expression Shoe                 Swell to Great Octaves
             Great and Choir Expression Shoe       Choir to Great
             Full Organ
             Wind Indicator
             Bellow Signal
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-05-30]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: from The Stopt Diapason, Winter 1996/97 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.