The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Basilica
3121 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 7370.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 281, 2002-06-29.

Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 27, 2017.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) ventil chests.

Four manuals. 4 divisions. 50 stops. 57 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 1984 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • E. Semerad replaced console, did other work as Austin Op. 978 in 1920. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Online update from David Kinyon -- My first visit, all of the Great, part of the pedal and part of the Choir were out for repairs. Second time organ was in full glory. Wonderful sound in an almost too live room. Console is in a recessed gallery high up and to the left of the high altar. Was in good shape when I performed, although it doesn't receive much maintenance. Basilica has been on the verge of closing for sometime. Organ receives very little use last I knew (Database Manager. September 4, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from Mary Gifford. -- In addition to the 57 ranks, also has a harp (disconnected) and chimes (taken down from their frames). As of this writing (2007) the organ is carefully maintained by the Servite community and is used for some Masses as well as organ recitals and other concerts. -- 30-note chests in pedal division, 32-note pedalboarded added when the Austin console was put in. (Database Manager. June 27, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Mary Gifford. -- The 4' Violina in the choir division had, at some point, been re-pitched to 2 2/3' by moving the pipes down and adding 7 pipes at the top. In 2008, the rank was restored to its original pitch by moving the pipes back up and replacing the missing pipes with vintage string pipes of the same scale and composition. The organ is, now, tonally unaltered. (Database Manager. November 8, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Rev. Frank Falco.
    By June 2016 the organ and chimes will be completely restored by the Bradford Organ company (Database Manager. March 3, 2016)
  • Updated by David Rhodes, who maintains the organ. (Database Manager. May 27, 2017)

Online Documents

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  • [Unattributed]. "Chicago Chapter AGO: Architectural Tour and Organ Crawl," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 3 [June 1980], pp. 1-13). [descriptions, stoplists, brief histories, chronologies]
  • [Unattributed]. "Chicago Chapter AGO: Architectural Tour and Organ Crawl," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 3 [June 1980], pp. 1-13). [descriptions, stoplists, brief histories, chronologies]

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Basilica interior with east (left) and west (right) organ galleries. Photo by Mary Gifford 2004-03-31
East gallery with console. Photo by Mary Gifford 2004-03-31
Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1905)
Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2011-01-06
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2011-01-06

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  • From The Stopt Diapason Winter 1996/97
    Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows (Roman Catholic), Chicago, IL
    1902 Lyon & Healy Opus 90 (factory number 1342)
    16' Open Diapason
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Second Open Diapason
    8' Gemshorn
    8' Viol d'Gamba
    8' Doppel Floete
    8' Melodia
    4' Octave
    4' Flute Harmonique
    2 2/3' Octave Quint
    2' Super Octave
    IV Mixture
    8' Trumpet
    16' Bourdon
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Salicional
    8' Viol d'Amour
    8' Aeoline
    8' Vox Celeste
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Quintadena
    4' Octave
    4' Flauto Traverso
    2' Flautino
    III-V Dolce Cornet
    16' Contra Fagotto
    8' Cornopean
    8' Oboe
    8' Vox Humana
    4' Clarion
    Vox Humana Tremolo
    16' Lieblich Gedaeckt
    8' Geigen Principal
    8' Viola
    8' Dulciana
    8' Concert Flute
    4' Violina
    4' Flute d'Amour
    2' Piccolo Harmonique
    8' Bell Clarinet
    Harp (1920 console preparation)
    8' Stentorphone
    8' Philomela
    4' Hohl Pfeife
    8' Tuba Mirabilis
    Chimes (1920 console preparation)
    32' Contra Bourdon
    16' Double Open Diapason
    16' Violon
    16' Bourdon
    8' Violoncello
    8' Flute
    16' Trombone
     [Received from Connor Annable 2011-07-25.]
  • Click Here From The Stopt Diapason Winter 1996/97 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.