Henry Erben (1837ca.)

Exhibited in the 1993 OHS convention(s)

Location:

St. Joseph's Proto-Cathedral
310 W Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004 US
Organ ID: 3136

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 6 ranks. 306 pipes. 1 manuals. 8 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 8
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Steven Adams on October 13, 2022:

Update 2022 - With the dissolution of Miller Pipe Organ Company (that were holding the pipework in storage) the pipes were returned to the church loft alongside the organ. Since the OHS convention 1993, the organ (in the late 90s or early 2000s) had fallen apart with the facade falling in on the organ. While this organ was believed to be the origional organ for the Cathedral, most information points to this organ not being old enough to fit the church (an origional organ was "played in 1819" at the first Mass). While this organ was not built till years later. This organ was once home at the Sisters of Loretto, and later was sent back to St. Joseph as many rumors started that it had to belong to us (dates around the same time).

There are many pipes missing, and even only one pipe of a full rank (the Open Diapason) is left. It's unclear whether all the pipes had ever been transported to Miller, if they were lost in storage through the years. The organ sits away and covered since it's fall.

We received the most recent update for this note from Steven Adams on October 13, 2022.

Database Manager on September 16, 2013:

Updated through online information from John C. Ball. -- The remaining pipes are in storage in good hands and in a safe place.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1993.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Moved from Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, KY. in 1985. Origin unknown.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1993 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published July 18, 1993
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Freestanding organ case: Photograph from an archival source: 1993 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1993

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