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Welte-Mignon Corporation [Welte Organ Co.] (Opus 253, 1927)

Location:

St. Andrew Methodist Church [Later West Side Institutional Synagogue]
120 West 76th Street
New York: Manhattan, NY 10023 US
Organ ID: 71009

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist 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 May 15, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 38 ranks.
Peter Rudewicz on May 15, 2022:

New organ installed within existing organ case, and incorporating select pipework from the previous Hook & Hastings instrument (Op. 1441). The instrument was designed by Dr. T. Tertius Noble, who had a regular affiliation with Welte. The organ was only used for a short ten years, before St. Andrew's sold the W. 76th Street building to the West Side Instituitonal Synagogue and merged with St. Paul's Church. The Welte instrument was subsenquently purchased by John Hays Hammond Jr. (Most probably through his association with William Laws Sr.) who amalgmated the Welte instrument into his massive home organ in Gloucester, MA. A survey of the organ at Hammond Castle reveals the significant majority of the Welte pipework and mechanical chassis remains extant, albeit repurposed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Peter Rudewicz on May 15, 2022.

Instrument Images:

A photo of the interior of St. Andrew's Methodist, presumed to have been taken in 1889. Taken from NYC AGO page. : Photograph by New York City AGO, submitted by Peter Rudewicz. Taken approx. 1889

The CC resonator of the 8' English Horn, dated 8/23/27. The construction techniques and large stamping are unmistakably Welte. : Photograph by Peter B. Rudewicz. Taken on 2022-03-19

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