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Bates & Culley (1915)

Location:

Bethany Reformed Church
140 East Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522 US
Organ ID: 66550

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Reformed Churches (RCA, CRC, URC, PRC)
  • The organ is known from a single historic document only; presumed no longer extant, and may never have existed.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on January 12, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • 36 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 36 stops.
Chancel:
  • Built by Bates & Culley
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 36
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on January 12, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on January 12, 2021:

See documents for description of the dedication concert by John M'E. Ward, organist of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, reported the day after the dedication concert. The organ was named the "Dr. F. Winger memorial pipe organ...The organ is a gift to the Bethany Rofermed congregation from Mrs. Clara A. Winger, as a memorial to her late husband, Dr. F. Winger, of Ephrata."

According to that description, the organ was "built on the Bates & Culley patent tubular pneumatic principle" with a detached console connected by "hundreds of tubes" and an electric motor; the case was of mahogany and maple, French polished.

"Two double 'fronts' are seen filled with Diapason and Dulciana pipes, decorated in aluminum leaf and lacquered gilt."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on May 03, 2021.

Paul R. Marchesano on November 02, 2020:

Known from a list published in a descriptive report of the dedication of the organ in Emporium, Pennsylvania. The Cameron County Press, February 1, 1906, p. 1.

The organ was purchased for $2,000. The church was originally known as Cocalico German Reformed Church. In 1893, the congregation bought Union Chapel, 140 East Main Street, Ephrata. They paid $1,650, remodeled it, and moved into the town one year later. The building was razed in 1914 and a new building was built. Ephrata builder Harry Gerhart was contracted to erect the church. By January 1915 the social room was in use; on Tuesday March 30 the pipe organ was dedicated with an audience of more than 600 in attendance and on May 23, the building was consecrated. The entire cost of the project was $25,113.36.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 02, 2020.
Inaugural Recital on Ephrata Pipe Organ: Open In New Tab Description of dedication recital by John M'E. Ward, description of organ. Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) · 31 Mar 1915, Wed · Page 3
Document created on 1915-03-31
We received the most recent update for this document from Paul R. Marchesano on January 12, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Photo of building exterior, possibly from a postcard.: Photograph from an archival source: website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. c. 1930s

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