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Philip A. Beaudry & Co. (1984)

Originally E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings (Opus 599, 1871)

Location:

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
35 Essex St.
Lawrence, MA 01841 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 26037

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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 unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on January 06, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 45 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe 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 October 15, 2007:

Identified through online information from Joseph R. Olefirowicz. -- Carvings on the pipework helped solve the mystery of the origin of the instrument, after the 1934 Laws rebuild and installation into the current church. Robert Reich pulled the bass pipe of the Great Fifteenth during a touch-up tuning before an organ recital, and found the Hook's opus number and year carved into the pipe. E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings' Opus 599 was originally in Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. According to church records there, a new organ replaced this instrument in 1911, but there is no documentation about the instrument between 1911 and its appearance as a new installation by Laws in Lawrence, Massachusetts. This information can fill in the blank to the II/30 organ at Asylum Hill Congregational in Hartford, Connecticut (1871, Opus 599, E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings) - whose documentation of current location is incomplete.

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

Database Manager on May 14, 2007:

Identified through online information from Joseph Olefirowicz. -- Restoration of rebuilt E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings. A common "victim" to Laws electrification ca. 1930, this organ was completely restored by the Beaudry Organ Company in ca. 1984 and is in excellent playable condition. - Its roots are presumed to be of Hook origin. The entire organ is under electro-pneumatic action, with a faux facade at the back of the church in the choir loft.

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

Instrument Images:

Nave and rear gallery, showing organ facade: Photograph by Joseph Olefirowicz, submitted by ANdrew Scanlon. Taken approx. July 2019

Console (Laws, Austin style): Photograph by Joseph Olefirowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. July 2019

Nave and high altar from organ gallery: Photograph by Joseph Olefirowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. July 2019

High Altar: Photograph by Joseph Olefirowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. July 2019

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