Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder (1829)

Location:

St. Louis Roman Catholic Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116 US
Organ ID: 69380

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is no longer at this location; destroyed, dispersed, relocated or taken in trade.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 14, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 14, 2021:

From the 1989 OHS Handbook: "In 1829, according to Huber and Leonard, "an organ was imported." Whether or not the 1829 instrument replaced one already there, we do not know, though Roger Baudier refers to an organ being in the building as early as 1800. Legend has it that a Cavaille-Coll organ was installed at the Cathedral in 1794, but no documentary proof of that has ever been uncovered."

In January 1850, after a collapse of a tower during expansion of the cathedral, the organ was damaged. "..."Reinstalling the organ" cost $2,000 (the price suggests that perhaps more was done than just reinstalling it) and the building was dedicated 7 December 1851."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 14, 2021.

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