Pipe Organ Database

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M. P. Möller (1924)

Originally Farrand & Votey Organ Co. (Opus 816, 1903ca.)

Location:

Holy Family Catholic Church
641 Chrysler Freeway
Detroit, MI 48226 US
Organ ID: 7270

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • 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 April 30, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Ventil
  • 12 ranks. 668 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 12 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 12
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic 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.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.
Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021:

The organ was originally built for the First Church of God in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. When that church got a new Moller in 1924, Moller advertised the Farrand & Votey for sale.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021:

According to the church website: "The Pipe Organ of Holy Family Parish is about 130 years old. It is a 12 rank Farrand & Votey which we purchased in 1924 from out East. It only cost about $2,250 in those days!" This, taken together with the firm's active dates, likely dates the organ approximately 10 years older than the estimated dates on its database entries. A restoration project has begun at the church in Detroit and hopefully a more accurate date can be obtained.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From unknown location. Mechanical coupler.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database; Stoplist: OH 1977:41; T 14:3:22: Open In New Tab Originally published 1977
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Pipe Facade: Photograph by Stephen J. Warner. Taken on 2013-05-04

Keydesk: Photograph by Stephen J. Warner. Taken on 2013-05-04

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Stephen J. Warner. Taken on 2013-05-04

Sanctuary interior with organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Salwan Georges, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2016-05-12

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