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C. S. Haskell [Haskell Pipe Organ Manufacturing Co.] (1902ca.)

Location:

Glen Foerd on the Delaware
5001 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114 US
Art Gallery
Organ ID: 66129

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops.
Attached keydesk:
  • Built by C. S. Haskell [Haskell Pipe Organ Manufacturing Co.]
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 14
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020.
Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020:

The organ has an original player mechanism apparently built by Haskell and most likely installed when major renovations and expansion of the house were undertaken in 1902.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020.

Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020:

From a history website: The mansion’s 1902 renovation entailed a substantial expansion, adding the northern wing of the house, while incorporating opulent detailing through every room. The monumental staircase is the heart of the house, flanked by ionic columns. Throughout the first two floors you’ll find impressive molding, ornamental plaster ceilings, parquet floors with mahogany borders, and a series of leaded glass skylights with intricate patterns.

The Haskell pipe-organ, while in need of repair, is one of Glen Foerd’s rare treasures. Embedded into the central staircase, the organ could be played from the stair landing. Its size is unique for a residence and exemplifies a revolutionary turn-of-the-century design. William Edward Haskell patented a way to consolidate low-tone pipes without sacrificing sound quality, making it possible to install an organ like this one into a residential space rather than a church. The organ has fourteen sets of pipes and a mechanized auto-play system, a unique feature. Glen Foerd hopes to eventually repair the organ to its former glory.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2020.

Zenas Michael Savage on August 25, 2020:

Supposedly added during estate renovation c.1900

We received the most recent update for this note from Zenas Michael Savage on August 25, 2020.

Zenas Michael Savage on August 25, 2020:

Venue is open to visitation and is a frequent wedding venue. Instrument is in need of restoration.

We received the most recent update for this note from Zenas Michael Savage on August 25, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Pipe Facade and Console: Photograph by Institution's Mapquest and Facebook Page, submitted by Zenas Michael Savage. Taken approx. 2020

Pipe Facade: Photograph by Institution's Mapquest and Facebook Page, submitted by Zenas Michael Savage. Taken approx. 2020

Pipe Facade: Photograph by Institution's Mapquest and Facebook Page, submitted by Zenas Michael Savage. Taken approx. 2020

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