Pipe Organ Database

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Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 1480, 1929)

Location:

Friedens Evangelical Church / Christ Gospel Church
216 Parkway Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225 US
Organ ID: 16628

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Status and Condition:

  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 3 manuals. 28 stops.
All:
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 28
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 14, 2014:

Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers.

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

Database Manager on September 02, 2014:

Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers. -- Old photos show a detached console on the right side of the nave and facing the congregation. Although at the edge of the photo, it appears a choir loft was located in an alcove on this side of the building. The old Parkway Avenue building is currently owned by Christ Gospel Church (Sept 2014). The pipe facade and case still exist at the front of the platform and have not changed in appearance since the instrument was originally installed. It is doubtful any of the original pipework or chests exist in the chamber since the instrument supposedly was taken in trade; possibly when the Friedens congregation built a new building in the suburbs and a new instrument was built at that location. The original console no longeonr exists, and an electric organ is now pushed against the chancel wall. The choir alcove and the balcony above it have since had a wall built across its length. (Source: archival photos of Friedens United Church of Christ & archival photo of Christ Gospel Church).

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

Database Manager on May 30, 2005:

Old organ taken in trade (possibly a Wicks, but the instrument does not appear on the Wicks list).

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

Database Manager on April 06, 2005:

Identified through information in Volume VII p. 170 of the Pilcher factory ledger and the list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Pilcher Organs: Open In New Tab Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt
Document created on 2005-04-05
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade (ca. 2013): Church Archives; image courtesy of Timothy E. Conyers.

Church exterior, ca. 1930 or later: Photograph in Church Archives; image courtesy of Timothy E. Conyers.

Pipe facade with console on right, ca. 1930.: Photograph in Church Archives; image courtesy of Timothy E. Conyers.

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