Chicago, Illinois

First Methodist Church (Chicago Methodist Temple)


Chicago Methodist Temple (Chicago, IL)
 
Chicago Methodist Temple (Chicago, IL)
 
Chicago Methodist Temple (Chicago, IL)
 
Chicago Methodist Temple (Chicago, IL)
 
Chicago Methodist Temple (Chicago, IL)
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1923
   Opus:        414
   
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      70
No. ranks:      64
No. pipes:      4,316

Specification

             GREAT ORGAN (6" wind)                   SWELL ORGAN (6" wind)
         16' Diapason            73              16' Bourdon             73
          8' First Diapason      73 (7½" wp)      8' Diapason            73
          8' Second Diapason     73               8' Violin Diapason     73
          8' Third Diapason      73               8' Gedeckt             73
          8' Double Flute        73               8' Salicional          73
          8' Wald Flute          73               8' Voix Celeste        73
          8' Gamba               73               8' Viole d'Orchestre   73
          8' Erzähler            73               8' Flauto Dolce        73
          4' Octave              73               8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
          4' Harmonic Flute      73               4' Flute               73
          4' Dolce Flute         73               4' Violin              73
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61               2' Flautino            61
          2' Fifteenth           61             III  Mixture            183
         IV  Mixture            244              16' Contra Posaune      73
         16' Ophicleide          73 *             8' Cornopean           73
          8' Tromba              73 *             8' Oboe                73
          4' Clarion             73 *             8' Vox Humana          73
             Tremolo                              4' Clarion             73
          *  high pressure                           Tremolo
 
             CHOIR ORGAN (6" wind)                   ECHO ORGAN (6" wind)
          8' Diapason            61               8' Quintadena          61
          8' Concert Flute       61               8' Gedeckt             61
          8' Dulciana            61               4' Flute               61
          8' Unda Maris (TC)     49               8' Vox Humana          61
          4' Flute               61                  Tremolo
          2' Piccolo             61
          8' Clarinet            61                  PEDAL ORGAN (5" wind)
          8' Orchestral Oboe     61              16' Diapason            32
             Tremolo                             16' Violone             32
          8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Bourdon             32
          4' Celesta             61 bars         16' Echo Bourdon        SW
             Carillon                             8' Octave              12
                                                  8' Gedeckt             12
             SOLO ORGAN (10" wind)                8' Cello               12
          8' Stentorphone        73               8' Still Gedeckt       SW
          8' Gross Gedeckt       73               4' Super Octave        12
          8' Gross Gamba         73               4' Flute               12
          8' Gamba Celeste       73              32' Bombarde  (12½" wp) 32
          4' Orchestral Flute    73              16' Trombone            12
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73 (15" wp)     16' Posaune             SW
          8' French Horn         73               8' Tromba              12
          8' English Horn        73               4' Clarion             12
             Tremolo
             Chimes              25 tubes

 


Source: Shop notes via Allen Kinzey; The Diapason, August 1923

Photo 1 Source: Stop, Open & Reed, via Jonathan Bowen

Photos 3-5 Source: Jeff Scofield

Notes: The 4-manual, 64-rank Skinner was installed in 1924. The church takes up the bottom four floors of a 26-story, 568' tall building that is crowned with a tall French Gothic steeple. The 1000-seat sanctuary is grotto-like – very dark, with medium-brown walls. In the 1980's, after catastrophic water damage, Wicks rebuilt and enlarged the organ to 92 ranks, as well as adding a new console.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=22822