Austin Organ Co. (Opus 994, 1922)


Prospect Avenue Congregational Church
2844 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64128 US
Organ ID: 13408

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Benjamin Clark on July 24, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 4 ranks. 316 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops. 27 registers.
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on August 05, 2018.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Registers: 27
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Benjamin Clark on July 24, 2020.
Database Manager on August 05, 2018:

Updated by Benjamin Clark, who maintains the organ.
\r\nAccording to a previous owner of the instrument, Prospect Avenue Congregational Church (PACC) had sold this organ to St. John\'s College in Winfield, Kansas, in the mid-1940s.
The Austin Organ Co. opus list designates PACC as the original owner of opus 994, which was the 44th of 129 total "Chorophone" stock models built by Austin. Research from The Black Archives of Mid-America reveals PACC disbanded their congregation in June 1948, and the organ was presumably sold to the college at that time. The building was subsequently home to the Metropolitan AME Zion Church until 1978 when their new church building was constructed on an adjacent lot. According to a 1994 survey on local church architecture from the Kansas City Architectural and Art Historical Research foundation, the original PACC building was constructed in 1906-7, designed in a German Baroque style by architect Rudolph Markgraf. Having fallen into disrepair after 16 years of disuse and neglect, the building was not recommended for preservation by the study, and it was razed between 1994-1997.

We received the most recent update for this note from Benjamin Clark on July 24, 2020.
Specification from rank analysis: Open In New Tab This is based on op. 994 specifically, which may or may not correspond exactly to other Chorophones as the factory made slight changes over the years. Originally published 1922
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Benjamin Clark on July 24, 2020.

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