Pipe Organ Database

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Aeolian-Votey (Detroit) (Opus 1775, 1930)

Exhibited in the 2002 OHS convention(s)

Location:

University of Chicago
1156 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 US
Disciples Div. House, Chapel of the Holy Grail
Organ ID: 9164

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on April 07, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 9 ranks. 640 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 16 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 16
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on April 07, 2022:

The proposal from Æolian- Votey (a corporate name chosen in 1927 to revivify the company's image outside the residence market) was dated January 23, 1930. The contract, dated Apri 11, 1930, was received at Garwood, New Jersey on April 18 of that year; the organ was ready for shipping on August 4. While the proposal quoted a cost of $7,500 with no mention of a player, the organ ended up costing $10,000 and included a Duo-Art player. Dean Ames signed the contract for the Divinity House.

The organ was installed in time for the dedication of the chapel. The two-manual, nine-rank organ of electro-pneumatic action is entirely enclosed in one box in the rear balcony of the chapel. Between the expression chamber shades and the facade of oak tracery and bronze cloth is a thin wall of corkboard, apparently to "refine" the sound of the organ. The console of white oak, with tilting tablets placed in stop jambs, is at the left end of the facade. -- 2002 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 07, 2022.

Database Manager on April 17, 2011:

Updated through on-line information from Connor Annable.

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 2002.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

"Cost, $10,000 with Duo-Art player. Vacuum action for console mechanisms. Console player spoolbox removed."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From The Diapason Winter 1999/2000
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph from an archival source: 2002 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 2001

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