Pipe Organ Database

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Wm. Johnson & Son (Opus 470, 1876)

Location:

Christ Church Cathedral
252 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3 CA
Organ ID: 65533

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Andrew Henderson on May 25, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 31 registers.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Registers: 31
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • 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.
We received the most recent update for this console from Andrew Henderson on May 25, 2020.
Andrew Henderson on May 25, 2020:

The entirety of the instrument's pipework was incorporated into a new instrument by Casavant Frères, Op. 1048 (1924), according to "The Pilgrim's Guide to Christ's Church Cathedral" (2013). One of the few instruments by William A. Johnson to be installed in Canada, based on notes from the Casavant contract, it is likely that the organ's specification was very similar to Johnson & Son Organ, Op. 479 (1876) for Second Congregational Church, Westfield, MA, which was 2 registers larger (cf. Elsworth, "The Johnson Organs," p. 65).

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Henderson on May 25, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave and organ: Photograph from an archival source: Hamilton Public Library (Local History & Archives, Digital Collection), submitted by Andrew Henderson. Taken approx. circa 1876

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