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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 74, 1896)

Location:

St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church
Woonsocket, RI 02895 US
Organ ID: 2299

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • 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: Slider
  • 16 ranks. 861 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops. 14 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 14
  • Registers: 14
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 04, 2012:

Updated through online information from Bill Czelusniak. -- This instrument is now certified (by research) to be the oldest surviving Casavant pipe organ in the United States. Contrary to earlier reports, this organ was not lost nor destroyed; it was in the possession of Catholic churches in Woonsocket RI, eventually ending up in, and for sale by, the St. Anne's Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket, occupying that closed church. Lacking an immediate home for relocation, the organ was purchased and protected by Mr. S. Parkman Shaw, Jr., of Brookline, Mass., using the advice and services of Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc., Northampton, Mass. The instrument was removed from Woonsocket into storage in March 2011. In November 2011, the South Congregational Church in Amherst, Massachusetts voted to purchase, restore, and install this historic tracker in their sanctuary (displacing a 1969, 2m, 15r, Berkshire Organ Co., Inc., West Springfield, Mass., E-P opus).

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

Database Manager on March 29, 2010:

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 October 30, 2004:

Relocated to Our Lady of Victory, R. C., Woonsocket, RI. Replaced by Möller.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives. Taken on 1896-01-31

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