Thomas H. Wood (1906)

Originally Henry Erben (1840)
Exhibited in the 1969 OHS convention(s)

Location:

First Moravian Church
154 Lexington Avenue at 30th Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10016 US
Organ ID: 455

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Moravian Churches / Unity of the Brethren
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 26, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 17 ranks. 835 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 16 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on August 12, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 16
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 54
  • Pedal Compass: 29
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on August 12, 2019.
Database Manager on August 12, 2019:

According to information from the New York City Organ Project website, the organ in First Moravian Church dates to 1840, when it was built by Henry Erben for the French Episcopal Church du St. Esprit, located at Franklin and Church Streets. The organ originally had a G-compass: manuals were GGG to f' (58 notes), and the pedal compass was CCC to C (25 notes). In 1863, the French church was sold at auction, and the Erben organ was bought by the Church of the Mediator, who had the organ moved and installed in their current building. Wood reworked the instrument so that it would have a manual compass of CC to f' (54 notes), and a pedal compass of CCC to E (29 notes). Total cost of the rebuild was $600. In 1969, the organ was rebuilt by Samuel O. Donelson of New York City. In 2015, Meloni & Farrier Organbuilders restored the organ to its original G-compass and replaced the Wood attached and projecting keydesk with a recessed keydesk.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on August 13, 2019.

Database Manager on November 15, 2010:

Updated through online information from Connor Annable.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was Henry Erben (1840).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on August 12, 2019.

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:

Bldg. was Ch. of the Mediator, Episcopal. Purchased by this congregation in 1869. Erben probably rebuilt a G-compass instrument. Rebuilt by Thomas H. Wood in 1907 ; restored Donelson 1969, 2-17rk, 16st. Manual compass originally GGG to f'(58 notes), ped. CCC to C (25 notes). Compass of Wood rebuild: CCC to f' (54 notes), ped. CCC to E (29 notes).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1969 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on October 26, 2022.

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