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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 611, 1926)

Location:

City Methodist Episcopal Church / First City United Methodist Church
577 Washington Street
Gary, IN 46402 US
Organ ID: 10751

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 45 ranks. 3,019 pipes. 4 manuals. 38 stops. 60 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Exposed pipes visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 38
  • Registers: 60
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 25, 2011:

Updated through online information from Lindsay Earl Paulk. -- The congregation abandoned the building in 1973. The church itself is on its last leg and will not last another 10 years. It is really a pity for such a beautiful building to come to such a sad end. The location of the Skinner Organ is not known. I do know it was removed from the church

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 13, 2011:

Updated through on-line information from William Dunklin. -- Building damaged by fire 1997, now abandoned.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on April 15, 2006:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Founded as City Methodist Episcopal; name changed in 1926 when new building was built; church closed January 3, 1975 and organ moved to residence of David L. Hamblin, Jr., Lansing, Illinois.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

In new building. Building sold in 1975 to St. Stephen's Missionary Baptist. The organ was moved to residence of David L. Hamblin, Jr., Chicago Heights (or Lansing?), IL. His home burned while the organ was being installed in 1999.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1960s).

Church Exterior: Photograph by Wm. Harold Harvey (1950s).

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