Henry Erben (1837)

Location:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
9th and Grace Streets
Richmond, VA 23219 US
Chapel
Organ ID: 570

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes 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 Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 6 ranks. 1 manuals. 8 stops.
All:
  • Position: In a floor-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 8
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 99
  • 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 hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 09, 2017:

Updated by Christopher Reynolds, who has heard or played the organ.
GG-f (no GG#)
The present organ in St. Paul-s Chapel was built by the celebrated New York organbuilder
Henry Erben in 1837 for St Luke-s Episcopal Church, Granville, Ohio. After a series of installations in a number of Ohio churches and the home of an antiques dealer, the organ
was purchased by Lawrence Schwartzenberger of Warsaw, Ohio, dismantled, and stored in two barns separated by 15 miles of corn fields.
In 1984 it was purchased by the Church of the Epiphany, Newton, North Carolina, which
commissioned Lawrence Trupiano of Brooklyn, New York to restore it.
During 1985, the original mechanical and tonal attributes of the organ were restored by Mr. Trupiano. An electric motor now supplies the wind, but can be superseded by the original hand pumping mechanism. The elegant Spanish mahogany cabinet has been stripped and resealed; the ornamental façade pipes and carvings have been restored with 22K gold leaf; and the keyboard has been refurbished and retains its original ivory coverings.
In 1988 the organ was purchased by St. Paul-s. The instrument was dedicated on February 26, 1989. It is the oldest organ in the city of Richmond.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1998

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

OCH from Epiphany Episcopal, Newton, NC in 1988. Historic Organs Recital 26 Feb 1989. No pedals.

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

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