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Weston Harris (1988)

Originally Los Angeles Art Organ Co. (Opus 46, 1904)

Location:

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
7501 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles: Hollywood, CA 90046 US
Church
Organ ID: 19326

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • 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
  • 65 ranks. 7 divisions. 4 manuals. 102 stops.
All:
  • Position: In side 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: 4
  • Divisions: 7
  • Stops: 102
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on November 10, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on August 02, 2012:

Updated through online information from Weston Harris.

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

Database Manager on August 07, 2005:

Identified through on-line information from Weston Harris. -- Opus 46 was built in the factory side-by-side to the the famous St. Louisiana Purchase Exposition organ, currently the heart of the Wanamaker Organ, Philadelphia. Opus 46 was built for Christ Church, a prominent Los Angeles Parish boasting 1500 congregants and an extensive music program. After a church scandal, the church disbanded and the organ was moved to the Church of the Open Door where it was played until 1985. It was placed into storage awaiting construction of a new church, which was not realized. In 1987 the warehouse where the organ was stored suddenly needed to be vacated within a week so that the warehouse could to be razed. Organ builder Weston Harris heard about the availability of the organ and quickly surveyed it, and the organ was purchased by St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church. Later it was found that a significant historical instrument had been acquired. After a year's debate, the church determined to renovate and install the organ into the church. This included addition of much of the existing small organ at the church as well as the Great Organ reeds from Aeolian Skinner Opus 886 (the organ originally at the Memorial Chapel at Harvard University). The Skinner console shell from Stanford University was rescued from a rubbish pile and placed on the organ. The organ is an integral part of the church's unusual "high" Anglo-Catholic ministry and extensive music program.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the console January 12, 2001
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2001-01-12

Console and pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2001-01-12

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2001-01-12

Church exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2001-01-12

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