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Estey Organ Co. (1935)

Location:

Woodlawn Cemetery
Webster Avenue & East 233rd Street
New York City: The Bronx, NY 10470 US
Woolworth Memorial Chapel
Organ ID: 30565

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, and Cemetery Chapels
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Nicholas Scott on October 17, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil
  • 12 ranks. 847 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 11 stops. 16 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on September 23, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 11
  • Registers: 16
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on September 23, 2019.
Steven Haufe on September 08, 2020:

The organ is being removed and will be installed in a catholic church in New Jersey. The current plan according to the churchs music director is to combine this Estey with the churchs' original Estey organ. These two organs will be controlled by both a digital Allen Organ as well as by this Estey console.

We received the most recent update for this note from Steven Haufe on September 08, 2020.

Steven Haufe on August 18, 2020:

As of August 18, 2020 the organ is in a state of disrepair. Several of the larger pipes have been removed (they are still in the chamber) and many of the small lead pipes have been removed or crushed due to maintenence items being placed on them. The blower motor is unpowered and only the clock built into the console operates. Plans are being made to scrap the organ due to ongoing construction and expansion of the crematorium.

We received the most recent update for this note from Steven Haufe on August 18, 2020.

Database Manager on September 23, 2019:

Updated by Thomas Healey, who gave this as the source of the information: First-hand observation. The organ is, as Alan Laufman would say, “defunct.”
Blower inoperable. No electricity.
Pipe chamber used as a janitors closet with cleaning tools and other paraphernalia atop the pipes.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 24, 2019.

Database Manager on September 18, 2017:

Estey installed the organ in one expression chamber in the chancel and placed the console on a small gallery that ran along one side of the chapel.

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

Database Manager on November 16, 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 November 04, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on October 27, 2007:

Identified by James R. Stettner through information from the Estey Opus List, published in The Boston Organ Club newsletter, 1973-1979.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from Factory Shop Order, courtesy John Carnahan: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Woolworth Memorial Chapel: Photograph by Samuel H. Gottscho. Taken approx. 1936-01-01

Chamber Grill: Photograph by Samuel H. Gottscho. Taken approx. 1936-01-01

Console: Photograph by Samuel H. Gottscho. Taken approx. 1936-01-01

Console: Photograph by Steven Haufe. Taken on 2020-08-18

Pipe chamber : Photograph by Steven Haufe. Taken on 2020-08-18

Missing and damaged pipes : Photograph by Steven Haufe. Taken on 2020-08-18

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