Pipe Organ Database

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Morrell Organ Co. (1960)

Originally Leathurby-Smith (1927 ca.)

Location:

Sellwood United Methodist Church
1422 SE Tacoma St.
Portland, OR 97202 US
sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 63409

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist 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 January 19, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP unit
  • 5 ranks. 353 pipes. 1 divisions. 2 manuals. 5 stops. 20 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP unit chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Leathurby-Smith
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by Leathurby-Smith
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 5
  • Registers: 20
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022.
Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022:

I called the Portland Methodist Conference headquarters in 2020, and was told that the congregation had disbanded and the building had been sold. The fate of the organ is unknown.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022.

Database Manager on August 07, 2018:

This entry describes the removal, moving, and reinstallation of an existing organ from the church's previous edifice. This included tonal alterations to an existing organ. Identified by James R. Stettner, who has heard or played the organ.

The Balcom and Vaughan opus list says this organ (which they installed in 1941) came from the Roseway Theatre in Portland. But the Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society shows that organ going to a private residence in Portland. It further shows that the Sellwood Methodist instrument came from the Alameda Theatre in Portland.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022.
Stoplist copied from the console: Open In New Tab Originally published March 21, 1991
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on January 19, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Console from above: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1991-03-21

Pipework: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1991-03-21

Notes written on the pipe chamber wall (facsimile): Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1991-03-21

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Image from a 1990's church directory, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1990's

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