Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder (1953)

Originally W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 7047, 1929)

Location:

Southside Baptist Church
1016 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205 US
Foster Auditorium
Organ ID: 24642

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered 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: EP unit
  • 6 ranks. 1 divisions. 3 manuals. 6 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP unit chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 1
  • Registers: 6
  • 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: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 27, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was actually originally built for the Marion Theatre in Marion, Ohio and was then installed in radio station WAPI in BIrmingham. In 1953, WAPI moved their studios and purchased a Hammond. An executive of WAPI was a member of Southside, and arrangements were made to donate the organ to the church for placement in an auditorium.

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

Database Manager on November 14, 2006:

Identified through information from Jeff Scofield: The organ was originally installed at radio station WAPI, after which it was moved to an upstairs auditorium of the church. The organ is rarely used, mostly around Christmas, I understand. Chinese and Korean congregations use the auditorium primarily.

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

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-11-06

Auditorium Interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-11-06

Traps: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-11-06

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