The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Joseph's R.C. Cathedral
50 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

OHS Database ID 7287.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 8, 1976-03-28.

Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 20, 2006.

Technical Details

Mechanical key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Four manuals. 47 stops. 48 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons.


  • Organ from the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA. Purchased by St. Joseph's Cathedral in 1877 for $10,000 with $3,000 allowed for their previous House organ. Compass 58/30. Pneumatic stop-action and pneumatic assist to the Great and its couplers and the Solo organ. Tubular pneumatic pedal action. Originally four manuals with a Solo, a Stentorphone and a huge Tuba, a free-reed Vox Angelica in the Choir - a delicious 16' Cornet in the Great - lovely Swell reeds Rebuilt and electrified by Tellers-Kent in 1925 as their Op. 338. Further rebuilding by Tellers-Kent in 1937 as their Op. 602. Rebuilt 1975, 1978 by Schlicker Organ Co. with new console, and alterations to the wind supply and pipes. Rebuilding and enlargement to 97 rk. in 2001 by Andover Organ Co. as their Op. R-328. Compass now [2004] is 61/32. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Tubular pneumatic pedal action (Elizabeth Schmitt. January 13, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Lisa Lucius. (Database Manager. April 20, 2006)

Online Documents

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  • Centennial Organ. E-mail correspondence from 1999: Brian Shaw, Mark DiGiampaolo. Author: Author not identified Document Date. January 18, 1999.

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  • McCabe, Joseph M.. "Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Cathedral, Buffalo, New York," The Tracker (Vol. 48, No. 1 [Winter, 2004]: pp. 24-27). [History, photographs.]
  • [Unsigned Article]. "Saint Joseph R. C. Cathedral," Organ Handbook (2004: pp. 217-222). [History, description.]
  • Van Pelt, William T.. The Hook Opus List 1829-1835. (Richmond, Virginia: Organ Historical Society, 1991), illustrations, pp. 155 & 157 [0]

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Console. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20
Facade. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20
Organ gallery. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20
Pedal pipes. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20
Church exterior. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20
E & GG Hook & Hastings Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook 2004-07-20

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