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Hilborne L. Roosevelt (Opus 73, 1880)

Location:

St. Charles Borromeo R.C. Church
1941 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146 US
Organ ID: 7222

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 35 ranks. 1,916 pipes. 3 divisions. 3 manuals. 32 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Roosevelt Organ Works [Hilborne Roosevelt Organs]
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Roosevelt Organ Works [Hilborne Roosevelt Organs]
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 32
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021:

This instrument is a three-manual tracker built by Hilbourne Roosevelt in 1880 in the Philadelphia shop. The acquisition of such a very fine instrument was not typical of Irish parishes in South Philadelhia. The obvious instigator of so fine a purchace was the composer of Catholic church music Albert Rosewig, a German national who served as Director of Music at St. Charles Borromeo for thirty-five years -- until his death in 1929.

The organ is in exactly the same form as when it was built with the exception of an electric motor put in in 1904. It has regrettably suffered some damage in the early 2000s. A couple of hunderd pipes were stolen mainly from the bass. For what reason we do not know. It affects the Great and Choir as well as the Fagotto in the pedals.

The instrument itself is nonetheless quite playable and is played every sunday. We need to raise money to restore the pipes. The bellows system is also in poor shape. All of the wooden ranks are complete. I have restored the Clarion down to middle C, but the Trumpet is too far gone.

The accoustics of this church are excellent such that this could be a very important instrument. --Note submitted with stoplist in 2007, James Hale

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.

Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021:

The organ suffered some damage in the early 2000s. A couple of hunderd pipes were stolen mainly from the bass pipework easily accessible behind the C side case panel, likely vandals who thought they could sell the pipes for scrap. It affects the Great and Choir as well as the Fagotto in the Pedal.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018:

The citation was sent to the church for display, but not presented in a public ceremony.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on March 06, 2016:

According to information received via e-mail from Paul Marchesano, the citation was not awarded in a public ceremony. Presentation was made de facto via mailing the certificate to James Hale, the organist, who arranged its display.

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

Database Manager on April 01, 2008:

Updated through online information from James Hale. -- Received OHS Citation 363

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

Database Manager on February 24, 2005:

Refurbishment of the action by Edwin Ohl included replacement of wood tracker parts with aluminum.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1978

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restored by Edwin A. Ohl c. 1978. 8' Fagotto in Pedal.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
James Hale: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist and notes from James Hale, 2007. Some formatting and typos corrected 2021.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.

1996 OHS Convention Handbook & console: Open In New Tab Pipe counts and material taken from 1996 OHS Handbook Originally published 1996
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 02, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Keydesk: Photograph by James Hale. Taken on 2007-04-01

Angled view from adjacent gallery: Photograph by James Hale. Taken on 2007-04-01

Case: Photograph by James Hale. Taken on 2007-04-01

Nameplate: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2007-09-19

Organ case and nave: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2007-09-19

Console: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2007-09-19

Detail of wood facade pipes: Photograph by Paul R Marchesano. Taken on 2007-09-19

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