Andover Organ Co. (Opus R-36, 1964)

Originally Geo. Stevens (& Co.) (1853ca.)
Exhibited in the 1966 OHS convention(s)

Location:

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church [prev. First Universalist Society]
625 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633 US
Organ ID: 2696

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on March 17, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 22 ranks. 972 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 22 stops.
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 June 29, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 22
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on June 29, 2018.
Database Manager on June 29, 2018:

Updated by Matthew M. Bellocchio, who has heard or played the organ. In addition Matthew M. Bellocchio gave this as a source of information: Andover Organ Company files; Andover 2009 Newsletter, p.5.

Organ was originally built by George Stevens for a church in Lawrence, MA (possibly the Lawrence Street Congregational.) It was moved by Charles A. Ryder in 1893 to the First Universalist Society building, which was purchased in 1964 by St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. In 1964, Andover made restorative repairs to the organ (Andover Opus R-36), which had been in derelict condition. In 1992 George Bozeman & Co. enlarged the organ to 24 ranks, adding two new Trumped ranks on blank toeboards in the Great and short-compass Swell, and extending the Pedal Sub Bass from 12 to 25 pipes. Andover protected the organ during the 2009 enlargement of the sanctuary, and relocated the blower from the basement to the organ chamber. The organ resumed its duties on Christmas Eve 2009 and is the largest 19th Century tracker on Cape Cod.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on September 03, 2016:

Updated through online information from Paul Marchesano.
The organ has a nameplate from Andover Organ Company, Methuen, Mass with the date 1964. They are apparently the builder who moved this organ to this church without full restoration and with no changes. It was restored in 1992 by George Bozeman.

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

Database Manager on June 05, 2009:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Installation of a used Stevens organ without changes. Case recessed into an alcove on the right side at the front of the room. 5-sectional facade with 19 pipes arranged: 3-4-5-4-3.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From [what church?], Lawrence, MA. Restored by Bozeman in 1992.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1966 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 17, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Chancel and organ: Photograph by Jim Lewis. Taken on 1979-04-12

Organ: Photograph by Jim Lewis. Taken on 1979-04-12

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