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Wm. King (& Son) (1893)

Location:

First Methodist Church
South Denton Street
Gainesville, TX 76240 US
Organ ID: 3853

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 13 ranks. 600 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 9 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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 9
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • 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: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jerry Bell on February 01, 2021:

This William King organ of 1893 is the oldest pipe organ in any Methodist Church in Texas.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jerry Bell on February 01, 2021.

Database Manager on April 29, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from John R. Brown, AIA.

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

Database Manager on June 26, 2007:

Updated through online information from Walter W. Davis. -- Their website has two pictures of the organ and states that it originally had 363 pipes: 85 wood, 278 metal. "Replacement" (?) pipes from Holland, not total of 600 pipes. Organ still in regular use. Sought information regarding flood in Gainesville 6-18-07. Church's website indicated no damage to sanctuary. I have not seen this instrument.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Rebuilt Sipe-Yarborough 1963, 2-11.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Original Stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary interior and organ case: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Sanctuary interior and organ case: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Chancel and organ case: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Organ case: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Organ case: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Organ case in profile: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Facade stencilling detail: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, image courtesy of T. Bradford Willis.

Church Exterior: Photograph by John R. Brown. Taken on 2009-07-06

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1911).

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