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M. P. Möller (Opus 4414, 1926)

Location:

St. Peter's R.C. Church
53 St. Mark's Place
New York City: Staten Island (New Brighton), NY 10301 US
Organ ID: 24558

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Stephen McCarthy on April 12, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 42 ranks. 2,905 pipes. 7 divisions. 4 manuals. 61 stops. 101 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 7
  • Stops: 61
  • Registers: 101
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on April 13, 2021:

From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: The new and present neo-Romanesque church, designed by Harding & Gooch in 1900, was dedicated by Archbishop Farley. Since it is built upon a hill, the church can be seen from quite a distance. Many sailors have used St. Peter's bell tower as a reference point when at sea. The crockets point towards heavens, each having a Celtic cross as their finial.

The impressive four-manual and pedal organ in St. Peter's Church was built in 1925 by the M.P. Möller company at a cost of $18,400. Included in the contract, dated May 20, 1925, is the proviso that Möller "agrees to dismantle present old organ in above church and erect it in the basement of said church free of charge." The Möller organ is installed in three areas of the church: in the west gallery are the Great, Choir, Swell, Solo and blower; in an arched gallery on the south wall of the nave is the Antiphonal Great, and the four-manual drawknob console; and in an arched gallery on the north wall of the nave is the Antiphonal Swell. Sadly, this magnificent organ has been unplayable since the 1960s, but it is hoped that the extant organ can someday be restored. Mr. Robert V. Scara, who studied with Leo J. Bartinique (organist/choir director at St. Peter's from the 1930s-1950s), reports that in the 1950s the organ had a selection of theater organ stops, including a Grand Piano, harp, and drums, and several others. The added resources were located in the Antiphonal Swell chamber, and were activated by drawknobs in the right stop jamb and tabs above the manuals. The stops were not extant in the 1970s, and no further information is available.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on April 13, 2021.

Database Manager on December 13, 2015:

Updated through online information from Larry Kazsloka.
Replaced with Allen electronic.

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

Database Manager on April 30, 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 November 27, 2010:

Updated through online information from Connor Annable.

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

Database Manager on February 07, 2009:

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 November 08, 2006:

Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Gt., Sw., Ch., So., Ped., Ant. Gt., Ant. Gt. Ped., Ant. Sw., Ant. Sw. Ped. The Great, Swell, Choir, Solo, and Pedal are behind a massive façade that spans the full width of the west (rear) gallery. The Antiphonal Great & Ant. Gt. Pedal. are in a gallery under an arch on the south (right) side of the church. The Antiphonal Swell & Ant. Sw. Pedal are in a gallery under an arch on the north (left) side of the church. The organ has been unplayable since the 1960s.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from NYC AGO website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Original Contract: Open In New Tab Courtesy of the NYCAGO Organ Project
Document created on 1925-05-20
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on April 08, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Rear organ facade (organ console in picture is 2012 Allen): Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Left transept gallery: Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Right transept gallery (Moller organ console is in this gallery): Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Console: Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Left stopjamb: Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Right stopjamb: Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Console : Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Church interior: Photograph by Stephen McCarthy. Taken on 2021-04-11

Console: Photograph by Diego LaJolla via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2013

Console and façade pipes: Photograph by Diego LaJolla via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2013

Left Transept and Organ Case: Photograph by Diego LaJolla via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2013

Church exterior: Photograph by Paul Stephen McCarthy, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2021-01-11

Church exterior: Photograph by Via Pinterest, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

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