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F. A. Bartholomay's Sons (1948)

Originally Unknown Builder

Location:

Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church
1212 Marlborough Street
Philadelphia: Kensington, PA 19125 US
Organ ID: 69676

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • 16 ranks. 1,003 pipes.
Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2021:

This entry describes a 1949 F.A. Bartholomay's Sons organ, of 16 ranks, with EP slider chests and older pipework, some of which may be from the 1926 Wurlitzer, although it is not at all clear. As such, it does not share the typical extensive unification typical in organs of this period and of this builder. The most likely scenario is that the Wurlitzer was taken in trade.

The church closed, was sold and converted into a private residence in 2012. It has again been sold in 2021 and is being converted into a Montessori School. The organ chambers will be walled closed. The console will be discarded.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2021.
Taken from console and chamber: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on November 19, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Dual opening facade to the right of the chancel: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Closer view of one of the facades: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Console in front, right chancel: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Side view of console (pedalboard is partially pulled out from console): Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Nameplate: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Pedal chest latch cap magnets: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Pedal pipes were installed in any open nook available, with zinc tubing to the offset pipes routed throughout the chamber: Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Great stop action (pneumatic slider motors): Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Underside of pneumatic slider motor stop action: Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Great pipework: Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Swell pipework, Oboe and flutes: Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Stopped flute in Great Division - note older wooden pipes and older stopped handle design: Photograph by Christopher Kehoe, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Closeup of nicking of one of the facade pipes: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Stained glass windows in rear loft, Ellwood Potts, Philadelphia, 1922: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Dedication plaque on console: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

Kinetic blower: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2021-11-15

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