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Holy Cross Cathedral, Roman Catholic
1400 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts

OHS Database ID 7254.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 110.


Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
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Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 70 stops. 101 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1992. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Electrified c. 1929 (?) by William W. Laws using a second-hand theater organ console, probably by Frazee. Cleaning and repairs by volunteers & Lahaise 1990-96. Proposal out in 2001 for new console. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Lisa Lucius. -- New console built by Andover Organ as Opus R-394, 2003 (Database Manager. April 23, 2006)

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Bibliography

  • Van Pelt, William T.. The Hook Opus List 1829-1835. (Richmond, Virginia: Organ Historical Society, 1991), [0]
  • Van Pelt, William T.. The Hook Opus List 1829-1835. (Richmond, Virginia: Organ Historical Society, 1991), [0]

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Organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2008-02-22

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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Stoplist

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  • Specification from The Organ in New England by Barbara Owen (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press, 1979)

  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Roman Catholic)
    
    E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings   Opus 801   1875   3 manuals, 70 stops, 101 ranks
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    
    Source: Hook & Hastings descriptive flyer and examination of extant organ
            by Barbara Owen.
    
            GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
        16' Open Diapason       58             16' Bourdon             58
        16' Quintatön           58              8' Open Diapason       58
         8' Bell Open Diapason  58              8' Salicional          58
         8' Open Diapason       58              8' Æoline              58
         8' Viola da Gamba      58              8' Stopped Diapason    58
         8' Clarabella          58              8' Quintadena          58
         8' Doppel Flöte        58              4' Octave              58
         8' Gemshorn            58              4' Flauto Traverso     58
         8' Viol d'Amour        58              4' Violina             58
         6' Quint               58              3' Nazard              58
         4' Octave              58              2' Flautino            58
         4' Flute Harmonique    58                 Mixture IV         232
         4' Gambette            58                 Dolce Cornet V     290
         3' Twelfth             58             16' Contra Fagotto      58
         2' Fifteenth           58              8' Cornopean           58
            Cornet V           290              8' Oboe & Bassoon      58
            Mixture IV         232              8' Vox Humana          58
            Acuta IV           232              4' Clarion             58
            Cymbale VII        406
        16' Bombarde            58                 PEDALE
         8' Trumpet             58             32' Contra Bourdon      30
         4' Clarion             58             16' Open Diapason       30
                                               16' Violone             30
            CHOIR ORGAN                        16' Dulciana            30
        16' Lieblich Gedact     58             16' Bourdon             30
         8' Open Diapason       58             12' Quint Flöte         30
         8' Geigen Diapason     58              8' Bell Gamba          30
         8' Melodia             58              8' Violoncello         30
         8' Concert Flute       58              8' Octave              30
         8' Rohr Flöte          58              8' Flöte               30
         8' Dulciana            58              4' Super Octave        30
         4' Flute Octaviante    58                 Cornet V           150
         4' Fugara              58             16' Trombone            30
         4' Octave              58              8' Posaune             30
         4' Quint Flöte         58
         2' Piccolo             58
            Cornet V           290
        16' Cor Anglais         58
         8' Clarinet            58
         8' Tuba Mirabilis      58 a
    
         a  Although listed with the Choir stops, the Tuba is actually a
            "floating" stop located in front of the Swell, above the Great,
            on its own chest, with high-pressure wind supply.
    
    
            COUPLERS                               MECHANICALS
            Swell to Great                         Great Organ Separation
            Choir to Great                         Swell Tremolo
            Choir to Great Sub-Octave              Choir Tremolo
            Swell to Choir                         Bellows Signal
            Great to Pedal                         Crescendo Movement
            Swell to Pedal                         Great to Pedal Reversible
            Choir to Pedal
            Tuba to Great                          3 Great Combinations
            Tuba to Choir                          3 Swell Combinations
            Tuba Octave Coupler                    2 Choir Combinations
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-12-31]
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, Massachusetts
    E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ, Opus 801,1875
    (Stoplist: Bozeman Web site 1997)
    
    Great
      16'   Open Diapason +
      16'   Quintaton (wood)
       8'   Open Diapason +
       8'   Bell Open Diapason +
       8'   Viola da Gamba +
       8'   Clarabella
       8'   Doppel Flöte***
       8'   Gemshorn +
       8'   Viol d'amour +
       6'   Quint +
       4'   Octave +
       4'   Flute Harmonique (metal) +
       4'   Gambette +
       3'   Twelfth +
       2'   Fifteenth +
       V    Cornet +
      IV    Mixture +
      IV    Acuta +
     VII    Cymbale +
      16'   Bombarde +
       8'   Trumpets +
       4'   Clarion* +
    
    Choir
      16'   Lieblich Gedact
       8'   Open Diapason +
       8'   Geigen Diapason +
       8'   Melodia
       8'   Concert Flute (wood, harmonic)
       8'   Rohr Flute***
       8'   Dulciana +
       4'   Flute Octaviante (metal) +
       4'   Fugara +
       4'   Octave +
       3'   Quint Flöte+ +
       2'   Piccolo +
       V    Cornet+
      16'   Cor Anglais +
       8'   Clarinet+
       8'   Tuba Mirabilis**+
    
    Swell
      16'   Bourdon
       8'   Open Diapason +
       8'   Salicional +
       8'   Aeoline
       8'   Stopped Diapason
       8'   Quintadena***++
       4'   Octave +
       4'   Flauto Traverso (wood)
       4'   Violina +
       3'   Nazard +
       2'   Flautino +
      IV    Mixture+
       V    Dolce Cornet +
      16'   Contra Fagotto
       8'   Cornopean
       8'   Oboe-Bassoon
       8'   Vox Humana*
       4'   Clarion
            Tremolo
    
    Pedale
      32'   Contra Bourdon
      16'   Open Diapason (wood)
      16'   Violone (wood)
      16'   Dulciana (metal)
      16'   Bourdon
      12'   Quint Flöte
       8'   Bell Gamba
       8'   Violoncello
       8'   Octave
       8'   Flöte
       4'   Super Octave +
       V    Cornet +
      16'   Trombone (wood)
       8'   Posaune (metal) +
    
    Manual Compass: C C-a3, 58 notes. Pedal Compass: CCC-F, 30 notes
    
        * Reed stops made by Henri Zimmerman, Paris.
       ** Actually a "floating" stop, located in front of the Swell,
            above the Great, on its own chest, with high pressure wind supply.
      *** Some (actually, much) Pipework missing.
        + Pipework cleaned since 1990
       ++ Empty holes occupied by used "Salicional", as celeste rank.
    
    All stops are totally independent, including the pedal division.
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.