Church of the Holy Name
|Organ project photographs by Dana Sawyer, Curator of E.M. Skinner Opus 368|
|Mechanical renovation (Phase I of the project) was completed in 2002, with a thorough cleaning of the organ and replacement of all the original leather parts such as gaskets and valves. This phase represented about a third of the entire renovation project. (A photo album of Phase I is available on the Church of the Holy name's web site.)|
|At some time in the 1960s our original Skinner console
with an inferior contemporary model which was deteriorating
rapidly by the 1990s. Fortunately, Spencer Organ Company had a suitable
Skinner console which was originally located at the National Cathedral
For six years prior to installing the present Great Organ in the Cathedral in 1938, Ernest Skinner loaned the Cathedral a smaller instrument, Opus 883. When the Great Organ was complete, he removed this temporary organ and sold it to a small college in the Boston area. The college subsequently dismantled the instrument, but Spencer Organ Company was able to obtain the console. These photographs show the console in storage at Spencer Organ. (console album, 9/11/2002)
|This album shows the former National Cathedral console at the Spencer Organ shop, where it was being refurbished for our organ. (console2 album, 8/8/2007) The restored console arrived at Church of the Holy Name on March 1, 2008 (see below).|
Rotella checks Skinner Diapason and
Octave pipes from the 1920s on a voicing machine (a small organ used to
adjust the tonal qualities of pipes). These pipes, together
a Harmonic Flute, an Octave, and a Mixture, have now replaced the strange assortment of
non-Skinner pipes formerly in the Great division of our organ.
album shows the
Spencer Organ crew removing and packing the Great pipes on August
31. None of the original Great pipes remained, (they had been
replaced some time during the last 50 years), so the existing pipes had
to be removed.
toe boards and rack boards were also removed and
modified to accept Skinner pipes once again. (great_removal
originally from another 1922 E. M.
Skinner organ are installed in the Great division of our organ. A Skinner Octave and
Flute and a Mixture in the Skinner style have since been installed.
|We visited the Spencer shop to see
the work in progress on our console and the restored pipes from our
Swell division. (shop_visit
restored console from the 1932-1938 interim National Cathedral organ
(Aeolian-Skinner Opus 883) arrives at our church. Connecting
the existing signal wiring will take several more days. (new_console album,
|Our first Sunday with the new