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Hook-Hastings Co. (Opus 2243, 1910)

Location:

Woodlawn Cemetery
130 North Pearl Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424 US
Mortuary Chapel
Organ ID: 15306

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, and Cemetery Chapels
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 5 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 5 stops. 5 registers.
Manual (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Hook-Hastings Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Hook-Hastings Co.
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 5
  • Registers: 5
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal row above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.
Ian Scheil on January 24, 2021:

History of the Organ: The Hook-Hastings Co. single manual, 8-register organ was built in 1910 for the chapel located at the mortuary of Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua, New York, USA. Local Canandaigua resident, Matilda Burgher, pre-visioned a donation in her will for the construction of the pipe organ. The instrument is one of 30 organs built by Hook & Hastings in 1910. It was also the last in a series of four organs being completed for various churches throughout the Canandiagua area.

Reference: The Daily Messenger and Woodlawn Cemetery

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.

Ian Scheil on January 24, 2021:

Current state as of January 2021: The entire organ, including single manual built into the case, is currently undergoing complete restoration by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York, USA.

Restoration was initiated in 2019. The organ continues to be under restoration as of January 2021 as part of an entire restoration of the Chapel itself. The chapel reopened in November 2019. However, the organ continues to be a work in progress. The chapel has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.

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.
Taken from console, verified against submitted photos of the keydesk: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from console directly, confirmed original. Originally published 1910
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on July 06, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Unrestored organ languishing in the decaying chapel.: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2013-11-07

Organ showing signs of neglect a year before removal for restoration.: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2018-07-19

Keydesk of the unaltered, un-restored organ.: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2018-07-19

Organ set-up in the Parson Organ Co. workshop: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page (from Parsons Organ Builders), submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 2020

Restored organ re-installed: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 2021

Restored keydesk of reinstalled organ: Photograph from an archival source: Cemetery Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 2021

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