Updated by John McEnerney, who has heard or played the organ. Beautiful imposing casework in a commanding position in the rear gallery. The builder, Bartholomay, is in high repute with the organ community. He built excellent products. The organ is in poor condition and all but unplayable (many cyphers and dead notes) but it is still possible to get a legitimate sound from it. Only the Great works. Reason: lack of money to effect repairs. The organ IMHO is a gem and should be conserved.
Organ was visited during 1996 OHS Convention and was playable but very unreliable. The instrument incorporates pipes from the 1862 Hall & Labagh instrument. The Great Chimney Flute 4' is marked "Std. Dia. 1862 M. Moore"; Mixture III is marked "JPB 1726", apparently from Hook & Hastings Opus 1726 built for St Vincent's Seminary in Germantown. Swell Violina 4' is marked "Keraulophone 1862 M. Moore" and "Violina 1932"; Flute 4' is marked "Nighthorn GWE". Source: OHS Handbook, 1996.
Case is from the 1862 Hall & Labagh organ
Console in balcony: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019