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Unknown Builder (1889)

Originally Henry W. Knauff, Sr. (1852)

Location:

First Bryan Baptist Church
575 W. Bryan Street
Savannah, GA 31401 US
Organ ID: 908

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • 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 Paul R. Marchesano on March 05, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 33 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 33
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on November 26, 2016:

Updated through online information from John McCraney.
As of November 2016 the church had sent out a request for contributions towards restoration. The estimate is that the complete restoration could cost as much as 1.5 million dollars. According to the flyer, the organ has 50+ ranks.

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

Database Manager on December 02, 2009:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The top manual has been at least covered, and possibly removed, and its drawknobs in the left jamb are no longer present. The case, remaining stops, two manuals and pedals, chests, action, and pipework are present - though some of the pipework is missing and some is quite damaged. The church evidently had a fire, and portions of the case have been repainted. The church uses an electronic substitute placed in front of the handsome case. Could still be restored with some effort.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From Independent Presbyterian, Savannah, 1889; altered tonally. Was set up in the 1856 Philadelphia Exposition in National Hall, Market Street below 13th. Stoplist in Richmond.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ in gallery; case: Photograph courtesy of Georgia Benton, church historian. Taken on 2001-06-26

Announcement of "large new organ" installed in Savannah. Jun 9, 1852. Likely this organ; unlikely Knauff sent 2 large organs to Savannah.: Photograph from an archival source: Philadelphia Public Ledger, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 1852-06-09

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