Elegant Craftsmanship

Opus 14The completed 21-stop instrument now complements the room both visually as well as tonally.

Third Scots and Mariners’ Presbyterian Church “Old Pine Street Church,” Philadelphia, PA

1892 JW Steere & Sons–2 manual, 23 rank Specifications

Relocated by the Organ Clearing House

photo of Opus 14The historic Society Hill section of Philadelphia is the new home for the 1892 J. W. Steere & Sons Pipe Organ, Op. #344. This mechanical action instrument with 18 stops, was originally constructed for the Unitarian Church of Elgin, Illinois. Organ collector, Robert B. Whiting acquired the organ in 1992 through the Organ Clearing House of Harrisville, New Hampshire. PJM & Associates then dismantled, renovated, and installed the instrument in Mr. Whiting’s studio. Following Mr. Whiting’s death, PJM & Associates purchased the instrument. The organ was then recommended to Old Pine Street Church upon hearing of their desire to obtain an historic instrument. To achieve its greatest potential, the organ would undergo several alterations.

The new balcony location would require the pedal action to be reconfigured in order to reduce the necessary depth of the instrument. Other additions included increasing the pedal compass to 30 notes, a new Great III, a Pedal Octave 8', and 16' Trombone. The Trombone pipes were obtained from the C.S. Haskell Organ which had been originally installed at the nearby Memorial Episcopal Church.

The completed 21-stop instrument now complements the room both visually as well as tonally. Its ornate carved white oak casework and hearty-voiced diapasons make it seem as though the Steere has been at this location all along. It has also been most gratifying to provide an instrument new owners will cherish and enjoy.

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Third Scots and Mariners’ Presbyterian Church
“Old Pine Street Church,” Philadelphia, PA

Relocated by the Organ Clearing House

1892 JW Steere & Sons–2 manual, 23 rank
Mechanical Action
Great enclosed w/swell Swell Pedal
16' Bourdon Bass* 8' Open Diapason 16' Open Diapason
16' Bourdon Treble* 8' Stopped Diapason 16' Bourdon
8' Open Diapason* 8' Salicional 8' Octave
8' Melodia 4' Flute Harmonic 16' Trombone
8' Dulciana 4' Violina  
4' Octave 2' Flautino  
4' Flute d'Amour 8' Bassoon  
2 2/3' Twelfth 8' Oboe  
2' Fifteenth Tremulant  
III Mixture    
8' Trumpet    
  * = unenclosed  

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