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First Presbyterian Church
125 S. Third Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

OHS Database ID 7102.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 11, 2017.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 29 stops. 37 registers. 33 ranks. 2224 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1989. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored 1975 by A. Thompson-Allen Co. (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:
    Replaced 1918 3/45 Austin, #832; restored in 1974.78 by A. Thompson-Allen Co. and Allen Harris in 1979. (Database Manager. May 8, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James C. Burke, Ph.D.. -- A new church designed by Hobart Upjohn replaced the 1861 First Presbyterian Church in 1928. The 1861 church was destroyed by fire on 31 December 1925. [Source: Tetterton, Beverly. Wilmington: Lost But Not Forgotten. Wilmington, NC: Dram Tree Books, 2005. 72.] The 1928 Skinner Opus 713 is the original organ installed in this structure. (Database Manager. March 11, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Justin Smith. (Database Manager. August 28, 2016)

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Photographs

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Right Drawknobs (Choir and Great). Photograph by Benjamin Brock 2015-07-17
Left Drawknobs (Pedal and Swell). Photograph by Benjamin Brock 2015-07-17
Console. Photograph by Benjamin Brock 2015-07-17
Organ Case. Photograph by Benjamin Brock 2015-07-17
Church Interior and Chancel. Photograph by Benjamin Brock 2015-07-15

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: Brochure published by church

  • Wilmington, North Carolina
    First Presbyterian Church
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 713   1928           3 manuals, 29 stops, 33 ranks
    _______________________________________________________________________________
    
               GREAT ORGAN (6" wind)                  SWELL ORGAN (7½" wind)
           16' Bourdon             17 PED         16' Bourdon             73
            8' First Diapason      61              8' Diapason            73
            8' Second Diapason     61              8' Rohrflöte           73
            8' Principal Flute     61              8' Salicional          73
            8' Erzähler            61              8' Voix Celeste        73
            4' Octave              61              8' Flute Celeste II   134
           II  Grave Mixture      122              4' Octave              73
            8' Tuba         (10")  73 (in CH)      4' Flute Triangulaire  73
            8' French Horn  (10")  73 (in CH)      2' Harmonic Piccolo    61
               Cathedral Chimes    20 tubes      III  Mixture            183
                                                  16' Contra Oboe         73
               CHOIR ORGAN (5" wind)               8' Trumpet             73
            8' Concert Flute       73              8' Oboe                12
            8' Gamba               73              8' Vox Humana          73
            8' Dulciana            73                 Tremolo
            4' Flute               73
        2 2/3' Nazard              61                 PEDAL ORGAN (6" wind)
            8' Clarinet            73             16' Diapason            32
               Tremolo                            16' Bourdon             32
            8' Harp (TC)           --             16' Echo Bourdon        SW
            4' Celesta             61 bars         8' Octave              12
                                                   8' Gedeckt             12
                                                   8' Still Gedeckt       SW
                                                   4' Super Octave        12
                                                  16' Contra Oboe         SW
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-02-11]
    
    
  • Typed stoplist. Source: Brochure published by church Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.
  • Stoplist taken from http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53b35e2ce4b05dcddc571931/t/53c7d1cee4b095a14c754c76/1405604302865/WILM. Source: Source not

  • Wilmington, North Carolina
    First Presbyterian Church
    
    Ernest M. Skinner, op. 713, 1928
    
    Great (6” Wind)
    
    16' Bourdon 
    8' First Diapason 
    8' Second Diapason 
    8' Principal Flute 
    8' Erzahler 
    4' Octave 
    II Grave Mixture  
    8' French Horn (Enc. 10” Wind)
    8' Tuba (Enc. 10” Wind)
    Cathedral Chimes 
    
    Swell (7 ½” Wind)
    
    16' Bourdon
    8' Diapason 
    8' Rohrflote 
    8' Salicional 
    8' Voix Celeste 
    8' Flute Celeste 
    4' Octave 
    4' Flute Triangulaire 
    2' Harmonic Piccolo 
    III Mixture
    16' Contra Oboe 
    8' Cornopean 
    8' Oboe 
    8' Vox Humana 
    Tremolo
    
    Choir (5” Wind)
    
    8' Concert Flute 
    8' Gamba 
    8' Dulciana 
    4' Flute 
    2 2/3' Nazard 
    8' Clarinet 
    Tremolo
    Harp 61 bars
    Celesta
    
    Pedal (6” Wind)
    16' Diapason
    16' Bourdon 
    16' Echo Bourdon
    8' Octave 
    8' Gedeckt 
    8' Still Gedeckt 
    4' Super Octave 
    16' Contra Oboe 
    16' Trombone 32* (10” Wind)
    Cathedral Chimes GT
    
    *Added 2005 
    
     [Received from Justin Smith 2016-08-05.]