The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Messiah Unitarian Church
S. Michigan Ave. & 23rd St.
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 8180.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
(The last update we received about this organ was on the transfer of data from the OHS PC Database, October 30, 2004.)

Technical Details

Slider chests. Tubular pneumatic key action [pressure].

Three manuals.


  • To First Congregational, Michigan City, IN in 1910 when Messiah Unitarian's building was sold. The congregation originally known as 1st Unitarian Society, and now uses that name again. The congregation relocated to the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1931." (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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  • Friesen, Michael D.. "Chicago-Midwest Northern Indiana Organ Crawl," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 6 [December 1980], pp. 3-9). [pp.3-5; history, stoplist, photo]

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  • Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, December 1980)
          Messiah Unitarian Church
          Chicago, Illinois
          Frank Roosevelt, Opus 506, 1891
          OHS ID: 8180
          GREAT                      SWELL                   CHOIR
       16 Double Open Diapason*   16 Bourdon Treble/Bass*  8 Geigen Principal
        8 Open Diapason*           8 Open Diapason         8 Concert Flute
        8 Doppelflote              8 Stopped Diapason      8 Dolce
        8 Viola di Gamba           8 Salicional            8 Rohrflote
        4 Octave                   4 Gemshorn              2 Piccolo Harmonique
    2-2/3 Octave Quint             4 Flute Harmonique      8 Clarinet
        2 Super Octave               Cornet III              Swell to Choir
        8 Trumpet                  8 Cornopean          
          Choir to Great           8 Oboe                    PEDAL
          Swell to Great             Tremulant            16 Open Diapason
          Swell to Great Octaves                           8 Bourdon
                                                           8 Violincello
        * unenclosed and in        * split knob; Bass is     Great to Pedal
          facade; all other Great    1-12.                   Swell to Pedal
          stops enclosed with                                Choir to Pedal
          Manual Compass: 58 notes          COMPOSITION PEDALS
          Pedal (flat) Compass: 30 notes    Swell #1 - 
          Great to Pedal Reversible         Swell #2 - retires all except Stopped Diapason
          Swell Expression Pedal            Great #1 - 
          Great & Choir Expression Pedal    Great #2 - retires all stops
          All couplers drawknobs centered   Full Organ - draws all stops, but no couplers
           above third manual               
          Bellows Signal drawknob           Tracker-pneumatic action, 3-1/2" wind pressure
    [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2012-09-14]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist (Source: The Stopt Diapason, December 1980) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.