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Giles Beach (1862)

Originally E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 116, 1851)

Location:

Christ Episcopal Church
15 West High St.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 15246

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on October 24, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 17 ranks. 861 pipes. 2 manuals. 21 registers.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Registers: 21
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jim Stettner on October 24, 2020:

Updated through online information from John Basile. -- Hook relocated to new church in 1862, possibly by Giles Beach. In the 1870s, as part of the Episcopal Oxford movement, alcoves were created on either side of the chancel and the organ was relocated into the right alcove, I presume by Beach as he has signed wooden pipes shortly thereafter. The original case would have been abandoned at this time. Beach and his son signed pipes for several years thereafter.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on October 24, 2020.

Database Manager on July 14, 2014:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin. -- A history written in 1945, available on the church's website, implies that the 1851 Hook was the church's second organ. cost $1,100, and was moved to the church's new building in the middle 1860's. The document further states that it was expanded and moved within the church in the latter half of the 19th century.

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

Database Manager on March 01, 2005:

Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Letter regarding delivery of the organ: Open In New Tab Letter by G. J. Geer to E. & G.G. Hook Bros.
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Hook organ pipe facade in chancel as moved by Giles Beach in 1870's: Vintage Postcard (before 1905); image courtesy of William Dunklin.

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