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St. Thomas Aquinas R.C. Church
95 South Street
Boston: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

OHS Database ID 9155.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 265, 2000-08-18.


Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
(The last update we received about this organ was on the transfer of data from the OHS PC Database, October 30, 2004.)
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 38 ranks.

Notes

  • The original builder was E. & G. G. Hook (1854, Opus160). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Rebuild by Hutchings of E. & G. G. Hook from St. Paul Cathedral, with new console. restored Beaudry. Unused 1985 per Alan Laufman. Made playable for the 2000 OHS convention by Scot Huntington. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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Photographs

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Organ case and keydesk in profile. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Keydesk & lower facade. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Stenciled facade pipes. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Keydesk. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Keydesk: right stopjamb. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Keydesk: left stopjamb. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Pedalboard and foot trundles. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Right side of case and chimes. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Back of case and Pedal 16' Dble. Op. Diapn.. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Stop action trundles & reservoir. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury 2019-07-28
Organ case in rear gallery. Photograph by Richard R. Bunbury

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Stoplist

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  • From Boston AGO 2014 convention website
    Church of St. Thomas Aquinas
    Boston (Jamaica Plain), Massachusetts
    
    E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 160, 1854
    George S. Hutchings, Opus 551, c. 1898
    
    
    GREAT                                        SWELL (Expressive)
       [16]    Tenoroon Gr.       (tc)  44          [16]  Sw. Bourdon          (tc)  44  
       [8]     1ˢᵗ Op. Diapason                     [16]  Sw. Bourdon Bass           12
       [8]     2ⁿᵈ Op. Diapason                     [8]   Sw. Op. Diapason
       [8]     Melodia             (tf) 39          [8]   Sw. Stᵈ Diapason
       [8]     Stᵈ Diapason Treble (tf) 39          [ ]   blank drawknob  
       [8]     Stᵈ Diapason Bass        17          [8]   Sw. Viol di Gamba
       [4]     Principal                            [4]   Sw. Principal
       [3]     Twelfth                              [4]   Sw. Nason Flute
       [2]     Fifteenth                            [2]   Sw. Flautino
       3 ranks Sesquialtera                         [III] Sw. Dulciana Cornet
       3 ranks Mixture                              [8]   Sw. Trumpet
       [8]     Trumpet Treble                       [8]   Sw. Hautboy
       [8]     Trumpet Bass                         [8]   Sw. Vox Humana
       [4]     Clarion                              [4]   Sw. Clarion
    
    
    CHOIR                                        PEDAL
       [8] Ch. Op. Diapason                         [16]  Ped. Dble. Op. Diapⁿ
       [8] Ch. Euphonia                             [16]  Ped. Dble. Dulciana
       [8] Ch. Stᵈ Diapason                          16'  Ped. Bourdon
       [8] Ch. Viol d'Amour                          8'   Ped. Violoncello.
       [4] Ch. Principal
       [4] Ch. Wald Flute
       [3] Ch. Dulciana Twelfth
       [2] Ch. Dulciana Fifteenth
       [8] Ch. Clarionet         (tf#)  38
       [8] Ch. Fagotto   (bass)         18
    
    
    
    COUPLERS (Drawknob)                          FOOT TRUNDLES (l - r)
       Sw. Bass to Ped.                             1. Swell Octaves   [Hutchings]   (h-d)
       Gr. to Ped.
       Ch. to Ped.                                  2. Swell Tremolo   [Hutchings]   (h-d)
    
       Sw. to Gr. Unison                            3. Swell Forte – All stops       (s-a)
       Ch. to Gr.
                                                    4. Swell Mezzo – All 8'/4' stops (s-a)
       Sw. to Ch.
                                                    5. Great Forte – All stops       (s-a)
    
    PEDAL MOVEMENTS                                 6. Great Mezzo – All 8'/4' stops (s-a)
       Swell Expression             (bal.)
                                                    7. Great Piano – 8' Mel. + 8'    (s-a)
                                                                     Stᵈ Diap. Bass
    
    NOTES
    This organ was originally built for the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston.
    
    According to the OHS Database, the organ was rebuilt by Hutchings with a new keydesk and
    reinstalled here at St. Thomas Aquinas. It was later restored Philip Beaudry. It was un-
    used by 1985 per Alan Laufman, but was made playable for the 2000 OHS convention by Scot
    L. Huntington. This organ received OHS Citation number 265 on August 18, 2000.
    
    
    Sources: Hook opus list; Hutchings opus list; OHS Database; stoplist rec'd May 8, 2014
             from Connor Annable; verified, corrected, and updated by James R. Stettner
             July 28, 2019 from photos taken that day by Richard R. Bunbury
    
    
    Church of St. Thomas Aquinas
    95 South Street
    Boston (Jamaica Plain), MA. 02130
    
    
    [Received from Connor Annable 2014-05-08]
    [Verified, corrected & updated James R. Stettner 2019-07-28]
    [Foot trundles submitted by William T. Van Pelt from info provided by Scot L. Huntington 2019-07-31]
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