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E.M. Skinner & Son (1940 ca.)

Originally Methuen Organ Co. (1900 ca.)

Location:

First Church of Christ, Scientist/Judson Memorial Baptist Church/Casa de Restauracion
3 Green St.
Lawrence, MA 01841 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 41305

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Andrew Scanlon on July 09, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 12 ranks. 689 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 12 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 12
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Andrew Scanlon on July 10, 2022:

Organ could be made playable with a few blower repairs and various leather replacements.

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on July 10, 2022.

Andrew Scanlon on July 09, 2022:

Visited the church this afternoon. Instrument exists in front gallery intact. Leather issues relating to the blower would not allow the instrument to be turned on. It is now a Hispanic Baptist church with a very nice congregation. They do not use the organ but seem appreciative of knowing its history.

July 2022: organ facade is partially concealed by a black curtain and an AV screen. inspection of chamber reveals that the entire organ is intact.

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on July 09, 2022.

Andrew Scanlon on July 02, 2022:

Clarification of various building names over the years

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on July 02, 2022.

Database Manager on June 12, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on June 11, 2009:

Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- This was the electrification of the existing Methuen Organ Co. instrument on its original slider chests, and with tonal changes. The original Great 8' 'string' was replaced with a Skinner Erzähler, and the Swell Oboe was replaced with a Flugel Horn though the knob still says Oboe. The building was built in 1896 as First Church of Christ, Scientist. That congregation merged at an unknown date with the Andover, MA congregation and the building was subsequently sold to by Judson Memorial Baptist. At the time of my visit in June 1988, the organ was fully playable, but not being used.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the console June 1988
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Keydesk from left side: Photograph by James R. Stettner.

Keydesk from right side: Photograph by James R. Stettner.

Exterior in June 2022: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-06-27

Builder’s nameplate: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon . Taken on 2022-07-08

Interior showing front gallery. Organ is behind the screen: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Upper facade visible above curtain/screen: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Left side of facade case pipes: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Interior to rear: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Back wall of chamber/wood pedal pipes: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Stained glass in narthex: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Coupler pneumatic relay: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Great pipework: Photograph by Mark Pichowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Swell pipework: Photograph by Mark Pichowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Back of facade pipes revealing wind supply; these are speaking pipes : Photograph by Mark Pichowicz, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-08

Facade: Photograph by Pastor, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. Before 2020

Facade, front gallery, chancel: Photograph by Pastor, submitted by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. Before 2020

Water motor lever, to the right of the console on case exterior: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-07-09

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