History of the Gary Church Organ

The original organ in the present building was built in 1930 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut at a cost of $15,900. It contained 26 ranks and was divided between two chambers located in the Chancel of the Church and completely under expression. It was an instrument of 3-manuals plus pedal and served the Church for 60 years without change. In 1990, a solid-state combination action was installed in the console and a few tonal additions made. In 2003, the Bradford Organ Company of Evanston, Illinois took charge of the maintenance. Under their direction, several tonal changes and additions were made and a completed specification drawn up based upon plans set forth in 1990. In 2006, the console underwent a complete renovation including new stop jambs and keyboards. At present, the organ contains 45 ranks plus console preparations for 3 digital ranks in the pedal. 

Organ Specification Original Organ: Austin Organ Company, 1930

GREAT SWELL
16' Gemshorn (Ch) 16' Lieblich Gedeckt
8' Diapason 8' Gedeckt
8' Gamba 8' Salicional
4' Octave 8' Voix Celeste
4' Harmonic Flute 4' Principal
2' Fifteenth 4' Flat Traverso
IV Fourniture 2 2/3' Nazard
16' Contra Tromba 2' Flautino
8' Tromba 1 3/5' Tierce
Chimes III Mixture
16' Contra Trumpet
8' Cornopean
8' Oboe
8' Vox Humana
4' Clarion
Tremelo
CHOIR PEDAL
16' Gemshorn  *32' Double Open Wood
8' Rohr Flute 32' Contra Bourdon
8' Gemshorn *16' Open Diapason
8' Gemshorn Celeste 16' Principal
4' Koppel Flute 16' Bourdon
2' Spitz Flute 16' Lieblich Gedeckt (Sw)
1 1/3' Quint 16' Gemshorn (Gh)
III Scharf 8' Octave
8' Trumpet-en-Chamade 8' Flute
8' Clarinet 4' Choral Bass
Harp *32'' Contra Bombarde
Celesta 16' Trombone
Cymbelstem 16' Contra Trumpet (Sw)
Tremelo 8' Trumpet
4' Clarion


* Console Preparation Only

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