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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1000 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, Indiana 46350

OHS Database ID 8163.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 34, 1981-11-22.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 8, 2019.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 20 stops. 23 registers. 24 ranks. 1223 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • The original builder was Steer & Turner (1872, Opus 45). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1996. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from John Gouwens. -- The stops added by Wahl are lettered in red at the console, so that the player may readily play only the original Steer & Turner ranks. This includes two ranks added to the Great Mixture. (Half-draw of that knob engages only the S&T ranks.) (Database Manager. December 20, 2009)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • [Unattributed]. "The La Porte, Indiana Steere and Turner Organ," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 4 [August 1980], pp. 2). [history, stoplist, description]

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Photographs

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Nave interior with organ at front, left.. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Nave and chancel facades. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Keydesk with cover closed. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Keydesk with cover open. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Pedalboard and combination trundles. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Swell-to-Great On/Off coupler pistons and Steer & Turner nameplate. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Original Steere & Turner facade and keydesk. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Added nave facade - Pedal 8' Violoncello. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Left stop jamb. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06
Right stop jamb. Photograph by John Gouwens 2019-11-06

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Stoplist

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  • Typed Stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1980)
    La Porte, Indiana
    St. Paul Episcopal Church
    
    Steer & Turner, Opus 45, 1872
    Ronald Wahl, 1978 - Additions
    __________________________________________________________________
    
    GREAT (CC-a2)                             pipes       COUPLERS
       Gr. 8 ft.     Open Diapason              58           Swell to Pedale          (drawknob)
       Gr. 8 ft.     Dulciana                   46           Great to Pedale          (drawknob)
       Gr. 8 ft.     Melodia                    46 
       Gr. 8 ft.     Stop'd Diap. Bass          12           Swell to Great ON/OFF  (mech. f.p.)
       Gr. 4 ft.     Principal                  58 
       Gr. 4 ft.     Flute a Chiminee           58 
       Gr. 2 ft.     Fifteenth                  58        TRUNDLES (Unlabeled; l - r)
       Gr.           Mixture  2 and 4 Ranks +  232 *          Piano - 
       Gr.           Cornet  1 and 2 Ranks +   107 *
       Gr. 8 ft.     Trumpet                    58 *          Forte - 
         
    SWELL (CC-a2 - Expressive)                pipes  
       Sw. 8 ft.     Open Diapason              46        PEDAL MOVEMENTS
       Sw. 8 ft.     Keraulophon                46           Swell Expression             (bal.)
       Sw. 8 ft.     Stop'd Diapason            46
       Sw. 8 ft.     Stop'd Diap. Bass          12
       Sw. 4 ft.     Wald Flute   (harmonic)    58
       Sw. 2 ft.     Flautino                   58 *
       Sw. 1-1/3 ft. Nineteenth                 58 *
       Sw. 8 ft.     Oboe                       46        ACTION: Mech. Key & Stop
       Sw. 8 ft.     Basson                     12
                     Tremolo                              REGISTERS: 23
         
    PEDALE (CC-d)                                         STOPS: 20
       Ped. 16 ft.   Bourdon                    27
       Ped. 8 ft.    Violoncello                27 *      RANKS: 24
       Ped. 4 ft.    Gemshorn                   27 *
       Ped. 16 ft.   Cremona                    27 *      PIPES: 1,223
    
    
    NOTES
    + indicates a double-draw stop knob.
    * indicates new ranks added in 1978-79.
    
    OHS Citation No. 34, 1981
    __________________________________________________________________
    [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2012-09-13; Corrected & updated by James R. Stettner 2019-11-09]
  • Click Here Typed Stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1980) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.