The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Charles Borromeo R.C. Church
1941 Christian Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146

OHS Database ID 7222.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 363, 2008-03-01.

Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 1, 2008.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 36 ranks.


  • Status Note: There 1978 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored by Edwin A. Ohl c. 1978. 8' Fagotto in Pedal. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Refurbishment of the action by Edwin Ohl included replacement of wood tracker parts with aluminum. (Paul Marchesano. February 24, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from James Hale. -- Received OHS Citation 363 (Database Manager. April 1, 2008)
  • According to information received via e-mail from Paul Marchesano, the citation was not awarded in a public ceremony. Presentation was made de facto via mailing the certificate to James Hale, the organist, who arranged its display. (James Cook. March 6, 2016)

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Keydesk. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01
Angled view from adjacent gallery. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01
Case. Photograph by James Hale 2007-04-01

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  • Typed stoplist and notes from James Hale
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church
    This instrument is a three-manual tracker built by Hilbourne Roosevelt in 1880.  The 
    acquisition of such a very fine instrument was not typical of Irish parrishes in South 
    Philadelhia.  The obvious instigator of so fine a purchace was the composer of Catholic 
    church music Albert RoSewig, a German national who served as Director of Music at St. 
    Borromeo for thirty-fie years -- until his death in 1929.  
    The organ is in exactly the same form as when it was built with the exception of an 
    electric motor put in in 1904.  It has regrettably suffered some damage in the early 
    2000s.  A couple of hunderd pipes were stolen mainly from the bass.  For what reason 
    we do not know.  It afftects the Great and Choir as well as the Fagatto in the pedals. 
     The instrument itself is nonetheless quite playable and is played every sunday.  We 
    need to raise money to restore the pipes.  The bellows system is also in poor shape.  
    All of the wooden ranks are complete.  I have restored the Clarion down to middle C, 
    but the Trumpet is too far gone.
    The accoustics of this church are excellent such that this could be a very important 
    The Stop list is as follows:  
      16     Diapason
       8     Diapason
       8     Gamba
       8     Doppel flute
       4     Principal
       4     Wald flute 
       2 2/3 Twelth
       2     Fifteenth
             Mixture III
       8     Trumpet 
       4     Clarion 
      16     Bourdon
       8     (uncertain, perhaps a soft diapson, has a full harnonic sound) 
     The end is broken off.
       8     Salicional 
       8     Stopped Diapson
       4     Violina
       4     Harmonic Flute
       2     Flageolet
             Cornet II
       8     Cornopaen
       8     Oboe
       8     Violin Diapason
       8     Dulciana
       8     Melodia
       4     Rohr Flute
       3     Nazard
       2     Piccolo
       8     Clarinet
      16     Open Diapson
      16     Bourdon
       8     Violin Cello
       8     Fagotta
    Couplers        (all use pistons between the manuals)
       Swell to Pedal         
       Swell to Great         
       Choir to Great        
       Swell to Choir
       Great to Pedal
       Choir to Pedal
    I.    Great:  Doppel Flute, 2 Fifteenth, 2 2/3 Twelth
    II.   Great: All stops
    III.  Swell:    Stopped Diapason, Salicional
    IV.   Swell:  All stops
    Great to Pedal foot switch
    [Received via e-mail from James Hale March 30, 2007.]
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