Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. (Opus 4606, 1930 ca.)

Location:

St. Agatha & St. James (the Greater) Catholic Church
38th & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104 US
Organ ID: 8622

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on May 17, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 42 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Mark Pichowicz on May 17, 2022:

Organ is in original condition. All ranks are present with no damage.

Power to the organ was cut about 10 years ago when the church had renovations done to the lower hall. It appears they had the intention of reconnecting the organ since a new 3-phase panel was added in the boiler room. However, the new conduit line was never run.

There are several pipes pulled in every division, most likely due to ciphers. The organ has never been releathered.

Case is Hook and Hastings.

We received the most recent update for this note from Mark Pichowicz on May 17, 2022.

Database Manager on July 30, 2007:

Updated through online information from Gregory J. Bittle.

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 1997

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Originally St. James the Greater. Behind 19th cent. case, probably from previous 1886 Hook & Hastings.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on May 29, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ in loft.: Photograph from an archival source: Church website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano.

Console: Photograph by Mark Pichowicz. Taken on 2022-05-16

Facade center : Photograph by Mark Pichowicz. Taken on 2022-05-16

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