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M. P. Möller (1917)

Originally Unknown Builder

Location:

Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
440 East 12th Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10009 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 45

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 19 ranks. 1,067 pipes. 2 manuals. 17 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: 2
  • Stops: 17
  • 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.
Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021:

The parish closed in 2007, but continued to offer weekly hispanic services. It was slated for demolition in 2012. Appeals to the Diocese, Landmarks Commission, and Mayor fell on deaf ears. The fate of the organ is unknown.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021.

Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021:

This was the refurbishing and installation of a used organ which Moller had taken partly in-trade against the cost of a new organ. The New York City Organ Project website states, "The Agreement dated July 11, 1917 between M. P. Möller and Mary Help of Christians R.C. Church shows that Möller agreed to install a second-hand organ for a consideration of $1050 (the cost underwritten by the Society of St. Anne). This organ was originally built by an unknown builder for St. John Nepomucene R.C. Church (Slovak) in Freeland, Pa. When the Freeland church purchased a new Möller organ (ca.1917, Op. 2277), their old organ was acquired by Möller. The organ was rebuilt by Möller and equipped with an electric blower. Möller provided a 30-note pedalboard although the pedal ranks had only 27 pipes. The fate of this organ is unknown."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1969.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Installed here 1918. Compass 61/27. Church acquired electronic in 1969. [Nelson indicates 1st that this was Op. 3, 1875 built for 1st Congregational, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2nd, that the bldg. is gone. The church was still listed at this address in 1987.]

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist taken from New York City AGO website: Open In New Tab Originally published 2019-07-17
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on April 23, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: New York City Organ Project website (Panoramio; credit: LuciaM), submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. Before 2007

Church facade: Photograph from an archival source: New York City Organ Project website, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. before 2012

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