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Chicago, Illinois, 1916-1921,
Classification: Builder

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November 21, 2019:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, November 19, 2019. —

Excerpts from Walter Davis' article in The Tracker, 19:4:

The Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at Carrollton and Eleventh Streets in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, was, at the turn of the century, a thriving suburban congregation. … In 1888, an imposing Gothic sanctuary was completed and a handsome 40-rank organ was installed therein. [builder unknown]
  With the movement to new suburbs following World War II, the congregation aged and dwindled, but in 1962 when I became organist there, the remaining members were engaged in a meaningful inner-city outreach. The building was kept up as far as funds permitted, and the organ, having been electrified by Seeburg-Smith of Chicago in 1920, still played, although quite noisily.
    Finally, in 1969, a downtown loop of the Interstate took over the land, the building was demolished along with the entire neighborhood, and the organ pipes went into storage, awaiting future plans of the church congregation. All else went with the building.

Later in the article, it is related that the electrification by Seeburg-Smith included a new horse-shoe console.

Source:

  • Walter W. Davis, "Indianapolis Pipework Now in Corpus Christi", The Tracker, 19:4, (Fall, 1975), 10.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 21, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Partnership of Justus P. Seeburg and Frederick W. Smith in Chicago, Illinois, 1916-1921. Staff: George Lethurby.

Sources:

  • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 597.
  • Walter W. Davis, "Indianapolis Pipework Now in Corpus Christi", The Tracker, 19:4, (Fall, 1975), 10.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 20, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 9 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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