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Charles F. Durner (1901)

Location:

St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Keelor's Union)
3206 Big Rd
Obelisk (Zieglersville), PA 19492 US
In the church, rear of upper gallery
Organ ID: 3825

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 10 ranks. 603 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops. 18 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Registers: 18
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.
Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020:

The location of the church has been a source of confusion in the past due to the fact that historically it has been listed in at least three [town] names. It is in the countryside at an intersection with a modern postal delivery address from the nearest post office (Zieglersville), although it is not actually in the village of Zieglersville. It has been variously identified as Obelisk, Collegeville, or Zieglersville, Pennsylvania. There has also been confusion of its name with Zion Lutheran Church.

From the church history web page: "St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was established in 1833 as “Peace in Zion Church,” also referred to as Keelor’s Union Church. The cornerstone was laid on September 28, 1833, on 3 acres of land that was donated by local residents...The church was originally organized to serve two distinct congregations– a German Reformed and a Lutheran Congregation, each with it’s own pastor and church officials. Each congregation held their worship services on alternating Sundays, with Sunday School classes combined each week to include both congregations. In 1967 the Peace in Zion UCC separated from St. Luke’s, constructing a new church in nearby Zieglerville."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.

Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020:

The indication of the church and organ as St Matthew's (Keller) and a date of 1917 have been shown to be spurioius.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.

Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020:

The Pedal Octave 4' appears to be from the 1970 rebuild, as does the dual pressure for the Pedal Bourdon (currently not working). The Pedal Gemshorn sounds like it was originally designated as Cello. It is unclear if the Fifteenth is original or was added.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.

Database Manager on August 29, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Lisa Kirkhoff. -- Organ is still in use for services. Technical information was provided by Audrey Reinhart. Thank you, Lisa Kirkhoff

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

Database Manager on August 27, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Lisa Kirkhoff.

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 1976.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Dieffenbuch lists this as 1917. Church now known as St. Luke's Lutheran. Rebuild c. 1970 by Brantley Duddy. Speller shows it as St Matthew's (Keller's) Lutheran 1917.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on December 28, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ in gallery and nave: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Organ case and facade: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Keydesk: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Console details, pedal movement labels: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Iron Swell shoe and pedal movements: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Left jamb: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Right jamb: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Original nameplate: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

1970 nameplate and wind indicator: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2020-12-19

Building exterior and graveyard: Photograph from an archival source: Jim Christman, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 2019

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