Frank Roosevelt (Opus 512, 1892)

Location:

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square, South and Thompson St
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10012 US
Organ ID: 6724

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 28 ranks. 2 manuals. 27 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-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: 2
  • Stops: 27
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on March 10, 2014:

Updated through online information from Stephen Studnicka. -- I have been a member of Judson Memorial Church for over 30 years. My knowledge of the organ comes from congregation lore and personal observation. The organ last sang in the late 1970's (1979?). I believe David Tice was the last person to play the organ.
It is my understanding that this was the first instrument in NYC to have an electric (DC) motor power the bellows. The organ ceased to sing when AC current was attached to the DC motor. Some of the leather belts remain intact. The sound chamber and pipes are totally intact.
The ornate case is a fixture in the balcony. The angels on the top of the case have overlooked many a theater and cabaret performance in the loft.
At the present time the congregation has decided to not attempt to fix or repair the organ. While they would prefer a sale, the congregation would consider giving the pipes, sound chamber, and inner workings of the organ to anyone willing to remove them, at no cost to the congregation, providing the case, church interior, and church exterior are not damaged in the process.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1987.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Said to be the first electrically driven blower mechanism in NYC. Compass 58/30.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Stephen Studnicka. Taken on 2013-09-09

Left Drawknobs: Photograph by Stephen Studnicka. Taken on 2013-09-09

Right Drawknobs: Photograph by Stephen Studnicka. Taken on 2013-09-09

Opus Number: Photograph by Stephen Studnicka. Taken on 2013-09-09

Bellows, Shaft, and Pipework: Photograph by Stephen Studnicka. Taken on 2013-09-09

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