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Wm. B.D. Simmons (1864)

Location:

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
10 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 69981

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on January 05, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 3 manuals.
Keydesk:
  • Built by Wm. B.D. Simmons
  • Manuals: 3
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on January 05, 2022.
Paul R. Marchesano on January 05, 2022:

In May 1864 the Committee reported it adopted the plans submitted by a “Mr. Simon of Boston” (William Benjamin Dearborn Simmons) for a pipe organ costing $4000. The Committee recommended that the old organ be repaired and purchased for the Burd Orphan Asylum’s chapel. The organ was of 3 manuals with a "full pedal-board". Replaced in 1907 by a large, 4 manual, electropneumatic action C.S. Haskell organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on January 05, 2022.

Instrument Images:

David D Wood at teh Simmons console, 1894: Photograph from an archival source: Church website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1894

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