Pipe Organ Database

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Wm. Johnson & Son (Opus 782, 1892)

Location:

First Baptist Church
9 Church St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 7213

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on March 08, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 11 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 9 stops. 15 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Wm. Johnson & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on March 08, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Wm. Johnson & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on March 08, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Wm. Johnson & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on March 08, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Wm. Johnson & Son
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 9
  • Registers: 15
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • 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, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat radiating pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021.
Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021:

Various photos on the church Facebook page confirm the extant organ has two combination pedals and the original stencil decoration in shades of brown, beige and gold survives in excellent condition.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021.

Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021:

The church was built in 1860, but was heavily remodeled with a new entry vestibule in 1899. The central belfry and spire was removed that year and replaced with a low, squat side tower. The organ received a new electric blower in 1912, and has received several minor alterations over the course of time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021.

Database Manager on May 26, 2013:

Updated through information in the 2013 OHS Atlas: -- "cost $1,450; paid for by the ladies; arrived in Apr. and installed by J.A. Brown of Westfield, Mass.; opened in recital by William C. Churchill, May 12; one altered stop replaced by Russell & Co.; extant"

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Slightly altered.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Viner ledger notebook.: Open In New Tab Originally published 1892
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Scot Huntington on May 15, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1880's

Sanctuary interior with organ front, left.: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 1904-05-08

Organ on Lincoln Memorial Day, February 7, 1909: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 1909-02-07

Sanctuary interior showing organ front, left: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1910

Organ case: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1910

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