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William W. Laws (1939)

Originally J. H. & C. S. Odell


South Congregational Church
198 So. Broadway
Lawrence, MA 01843 US
Organ ID: 71095

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Andrew Scanlon on May 30, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
  • Built by William W. Laws
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Andrew Scanlon on May 30, 2022.
Andrew Scanlon on May 31, 2022:

Church closed in 2015. Now a Hispanic 7th Day Adventist Church.

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on May 31, 2022.

Andrew Scanlon on May 30, 2022:

I saw the instrument once but did not hear it. Organ is in Chambers in the front chancel. 3-man Laws Austin console on south side of chancel

from Robert J Reich: pipe organs of greater Lawrence

Organized 1868; 1st bldg. 1868, 66 Turnpike (now Broadway), small, rebuilt into a barn still extant on Andover St; 2nd bldg. 1875 198 Broadway, burned 1896; 3rd bldg. 1896 burned 1939; 4th bldg. 1939 brick "colonial". Reed organ until 1901. S 1st organ: Odell 1867 #59 from Winsted, Conn., bought in 1901 from E. W. Lane for $950. S 2nd organ: Laws, 1929, 3m, Odell rebuilt and enlarged. *S 3rd organ: Laws, 1939, put together from salvageable parts of previous organ and various other old organs; new Swell and Great chests installed by Williams c1968. Great partially revoiced 1975 by AOC. All of the Great Principal stops are derived from one set of bad open diapason pipes and no improvement is possible without providing pipes and chest space for these stops.

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on May 30, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-05-30

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