Pipe Organ Database

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Hutchings-Votey Organ Co. (Opus 1494, 1902)

Exhibited in the 1990 OHS convention

Location:

Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist
1036 N. Van Buren Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 US
Organ ID: 5301

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Church of Christ, Scientist
  • The organ has been removed from this location and currently in storage.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 15, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 11 ranks. 616 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 11 stops. 13 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side 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: 11
  • Registers: 13
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • 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: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 04, 2017:

Updated by James R. Stettner, listing this web site as a source of information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1558454547769142/?multi_permalinks=1810817912532803¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1485194492655298.

On January 28, 2017, on the Facebook 'Wisconsin Organ Scene' page, David Bohn shared, "Earlier today, Ron and Christoph Wahl, aided by a group of volunteers, took possession of Hutchings-Votey op 1494, built for the original Christian Science Church in Milwaukee in 1902. The organ had been removed from the church many years ago, and is still for sale."

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

Database Manager on April 18, 2016:

Updated through online information from Stewart Dempsey.
Please note new contact information for this organ: stewart@walnuthillltd.com

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

Database Manager on May 28, 2013:

Updated through online information from Larry Wheelock.

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

Database Manager on March 06, 2010:

Updated through online information from Larry Wheelock.

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

Database Manager on May 20, 2009:

Updated through online information from Larry Wheelock. -- I would like to update my own entry of 10-29-08 where I stated there was word of water damage. We discovered that the organ has NOT been water-damaged; there was water damage to the building's foundation which led to a partial-collapse of the floor under the Pedal Bourdon. This caused the pedal-chest to shift, snapping the Pedal trackers and disconnecting the wind-line, rendering the organ unplayable. Careful inspection during dismantling revealed absolutely no water-damage to the instrument.

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

Database Manager on May 19, 2009:

Updated through online information from Larry Wheelock. -- This instrument has been removed to storage as of 05.16.09 and is available for a new venue. It is owned by Stewart Dempsey (sdempsey1897@sbcglobal.net) and he wishes to make it available for restoration for accrued removal costs (minimal.) The instrument is in very good restorable condition.

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

Database Manager on October 29, 2008:

Updated through online information from Larry Wheelock. -- I was contacted today as an interested party by a Caldwell-Banker associate for some information concerning the eventual disposal of the instrument. He described as best he could that he understood that the instrument was "semi-dismantled" at some time in the past few years due to a water-leakage problem. He could not give details. I described, as best I could, the status of the instrument as historic and somewhat unusual for the mid-west and recommend that his first step should be an appraisal by a competent organbuilder. I gave him two names of persons known by me to be competent and, perhaps, interested. I can only hope he follows-up on that.

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

Database Manager on August 30, 2008:

Updated through information posted to PIPOEG-L by Larry Wheelock: -- The church closed its doors a week or so ago. They have occupied a small unimposing brick building in downtown Milwaukee since about 1902.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

OHS COnvention instrument, 1990.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Copied from 1990 OHS Handbook and confirmed by personal observation when the organ was dismantled
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
  • Arietta - Piece by Horatio Parker. Performed by Jane Edge. Produced by The Organ Historical Society in 1990 with the title: Historic Organs of Milwaukee: Twenty-five Historic Pipe Organs, Madison to Milwaukee
  • Andante Cantabile - Piece by Arnold Dolmetsch. Performed by Jane Edge. Produced by The Organ Historical Society in 1990 with the title: Historic Organs of Milwaukee: Twenty-five Historic Pipe Organs, Madison to Milwaukee

Instrument Images:

Organ facade in alcove: Photograph from an archival source: 1990 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1990

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