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W.B.D. Simmons & Co. (1877)

Location:

First Universalist Church
140 Main Street
South Acton, MA 01720 US
Organ ID: 68880

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 2 divisions. 1 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by W.B.D. Simmons & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.
Keydesk:
  • Built by W.B.D. Simmons & Co.
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • 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 in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021:

The First Universalist Church at 140 Main in South Acton and at the intersection ofMain Street and Central Street was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Oberand Rand in 1877 in the Stick Style, a late 19th century Victorian style of architectureand the only one of this style in South Acton. George Wood of Concord was thebuilder with construction being completed in 1878.

This organ was built for the Universalist Church at So. Acton, Massachusetts, at a cost of $1,400.00 and was installed in 1877 by employees of the builder, Wm. B. D. Simmons of Boston,. who died in October, 1876, aged 53.

Subsequent to vandalism perpetrated after the church closed, the organ was removed in 1971 by Alan Lau/man and Christopher Capers; relocated through the Organ Clearing House, it is to be rebuilt for Sacred Heart Church, Danville, Virginia. One manual, nine ranks, mechanical action. Case alteration designed and drawn by Donald Olson. -- information from Culver Mowers ad in 1979 OHS Handbook and Acton, Massachusetts history web page

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.

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