The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Follen Community, Unitarian Univeralist
755 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, Massachusetts 02420

OHS Database ID 8579.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 209.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 1, 2010.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 14 stops. 17 registers. 15 ranks. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Relocated and restored by Bishop Organ Co. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • The original builder was E. & G. G. Hook (1868, Opus 466). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Moved from First Parish Unitarian, Stoneham, MA. Moved through OCH with help from Follen church parishioners. Hitchdown Swell. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Bishop. -- The organ was featured in 2000 OHS convention. The only builder's nameplate is E. & G.G. Hook. We use the word "restored" with care - no changes were made to the organ, but to ensure reliability new trackers were made (re-using original brass threaded wires). The original chest tables were retained - tables repairs made by routing cracks and inserting splints of like wood. The original hitch-down swell pedal and mechanism was retained. The two feeder bellows were releathered and retained. The organ can be hand pumped. (Database Manager. April 1, 2010)

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Detail of Organ Pipe. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Organ Case and Keydesk. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Organ Case. Photograph by John Bishop 2017-07-12

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: From John Bishop
    Lexington, Massachusetts
    Follen Community Church
    E. & G. G. Hook   Opus 466   1868
    2 manuals, 17 registers, 14 stops, 15 ranks
    Moved from First Parish, Stoneham, Mass., by Bishop Organ Co. (1996)
             GREAT ORGAN                     SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon             56       8' Keraulophon (TC)    44
          8' Open Diapason       56       8' St. Diap. Bass      12
          8' St. Diap. Bass      12       8' St. Diap. Treble    44
          8' Melodia (TC)        44       4' Flute Harmonique    56
          8' Dulciana (TC)       44       4' Violina             56
          4' Octave              56       8' Bassoon             12
          2' Fifteenth           56       8' Oboe (TC)           44
             Mixture, 2 ranks   112          Tremulant
             MECHANICALS                     PEDAL ORGAN
             Swell to Great Coupler      16' Sub Bass            27
             Great to Pedale Coupler      8' Flöte               27
             Swell to Pedale Coupler
             Bellows Signal
             PEDAL MOVEMENTS
             Great Piano
             Great Forte
             Great to Pedal Reversible
             Swell Pedal (Ratchet)
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-07-12]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: From John Bishop Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.