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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 205-A, 1955)

Location:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10019 US
Organ ID: 2479

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 169 ranks. 9,050 pipes. 9 divisions. 4 manuals. 126 stops. 110 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • 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: 9
  • Stops: 126
  • Registers: 110
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 28, 2016:

Updated through online information from Sam Cherubin.
Current organ has been removed from the chancel and is getting replaced and renovated by Dobson Organs. New chancel case and divisions to be installed after Easter 2017. Very few stops from current Aeolian-Skinner will be reused.

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

Database Manager on July 17, 2013:

Updated through online information from Sam Cherubin. -- The V-IX Tierce Mixture in the Grand Choeur (IVth) is the same composition as the one found in the floating Bombarde division at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (Opus 150-A).

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

Database Manager on December 20, 2005:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Rebuild (both #205-A and #205-B) of E. M. Skinner Opus 205, previously altered by Skinner & Son and rebuilt by Möller, with new console using existing shell; dedicatory recital by William Self, November 19, 1956.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was Skinner Organ Co. (1913, Opus 205).

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Chancel organ. Revision and enlargement of 1913 E. M. Skinner organ. Last organ voiced by G. Donald Harrison. (Also Op. 205-B). Additional tonal work by Gilbert F. Adams in 1969.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist (Source: New York City AGO Project website, 2012-05-22)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1996-07-08

Exposed pipes: Photograph via Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2002-09-09

Console: Photo from Charles Callahan collection via Steven E. Lawson.

Exposed pipes and organ case: Photograph by Samuel Cherubin. Taken on 2015-12-19

Exposed pipes and organ case: Photograph by Samuel Cherubin. Taken on 2015-12-19

Console: Photograph by Samuel Cherubin. Taken on 2015-12-19

Left Stopjamb: Photograph by Samuel Cherubin. Taken on 2015-12-19

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