Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder

Originally Holtkamp (Opus Job No. 1639, 1949)

Location:

DeKoven Center
600 21st Street
Racine, WI 53403 US
St. John Chapel
Organ ID: 54954

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: High Schools, Preparatory Schools, and Academies
  • The organ is unaltered 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 Wally Olson on May 22, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP), EP unit
  • 15 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops. 16 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by Holtkamp Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by Holtkamp Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): EP unit chests
  • Built by Holtkamp Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by Holtkamp Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Registers: 16
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.
Wally Olson on May 22, 2022:

This is organ #37884, from the Kemper Center in Kenosha, WI.

We received the most recent update for this note from Wally Olson on May 22, 2022.

Database Manager on April 21, 2015:

Altered and relocated existing organ. Identified by James R. Stettner, using information from this web site: http://www.byrnepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/St.-Johns-Dekoven-.jpg. -- The DeKoven Center was originally Racine College - a prep school for men before entering the Episcopal Seminary in Nashota, WI. According to the website, "In 1889, the college division closed and the school remained a boys boarding school until 1933 when it closed during the Great Depression. The Community of St. Mary, an Episcopal order of women, bought the property at sheriffs auction and formed the DeKoven Foundation for Church Work which carried on the work of Racine College. The sisters used the buildings as a retreat and conference center as well as a summer camp for girls. The sisters sold the property to the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee in 1985."
According to Executive Dir. Max Dershem in a phone conversation today (2015-04-20) the organ in St. John's Chapel came from a facility in Kenosha.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.
Stoplist copied from a related OHS Database entry (orig. copied from the console): Open In New Tab Originally published 1994
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on May 22, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Chapel exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1900

Organ in side chamber with console in rear gallery: Photograph by Patrick Byrne, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. Date Unknown

Exposed Great and Pedal pipework: Photograph from an archival source: Dekoven Center Facebook page (J.E. Bark Fine Art Photography), submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2012-03-18

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