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Farrand & Votey Organ Co. (1893)

Location:

First Congregational Church
256 E Chicago Street
Elgin, IL 60120 US
Organ ID: 69903

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 27, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 48 ranks. 2,572 pipes.
Great:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 30, 2021.

Swell:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 30, 2021.

Choir:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 30, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 30, 2021.
Jeffrey Neufeld on December 27, 2021:

The church's archives and local historical documents claim the original builder was Farrand & Votey. However, other research indicates the builder may have been Lancashire & Marshall instead.

  • The Organ, Vol. II, No. 6 (October, 1893): "The Lancashire-Marshall Organ Co. have just erected a three-manual organ in the Congregational Church, Elgin, Ill..." (p. 139)
  • The Organ, Vol. II, No. 7 (November, 1893): "Mr. Clarence Eddy has given numerous concerts during the past six weeks...Sept. 19 he opened a three-manual Lancashire & Marshall Co. organ in Elgin, Ill..." (p. 163)
We received the most recent update for this note from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 27, 2021.
2011 - Historic Elgin house tour program: Open In New Tab Page from "2011 - Historic Elgin House Tour" program for the annual house tour organized by the Gifford Park Association
We received the most recent update for this document from Jeffrey Neufeld on December 27, 2021.

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