Gary, Indiana

First City Methodist Church


Skinner Organ, Op. 611 (1926) in First City Methodist Church (Gary, IN)
 
First City Methodist Church (Gary, IN)
 
First City Methodist Church (Gary, IN)
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1926
   Opus:        611
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      60
No. ranks:      45
No. pipes:      3,019
      

Specification

             GREAT ORGAN                             SOLO ORGAN
16' Bourdon 5 PED 8' Concert Flute 73
8' First Diapason 61 8' Gamba 73
8' Second Diapason 61 8' Gamba Celeste 73
8' Wald Floete 61 8' Tuba Mirabilis 73
8' Erzähler 61 8' French Horn 61
8' Rohr Floete SW 8' English Horn 61
8' Flute Celeste II SW Tremolo
4' Octave 61
4' Flute Triangulaire SW ECHO ORGAN
III Mixture 183 8' Quintadena 61
8' Tromba SW 8' Cor de Nuit 61
8' Dulcet II 122
SWELL ORGAN Tremolo
16' Bourdon 73 Chimes
8' Diapason 73
8' Rohr Floete 73 PEDAL ORGAN
8' Salicional 73 32' Diapason (resultant)
8' Voix Celeste 73 16' Major Bass 32
8' Flute Celeste II 134 16' Bourdon 32
4' Octave 73 16' Violone 32
4' Flute Triangulaire 73 16' Echo Lieblich SW
IV Mixture 244 16' Dulciana CH
16' Waldhorn 73 8' Octave 12
8' Cornopean 73 8' Gedeckt 12
8' Corno d'Amour 73 8' Cello 12
8' Vox Humana 73 8' Still Gedeckt SW
Tremolo 4' Flute 12
32' Bombarde 32
CHOIR ORGAN 16' Trombone 12
16' Dulciana 12 16' Waldhorn SW
8' Gamba 73 8' Tromba SW
8' Concert Flute 73 Chimes EC
8' Dulciana 61
4' Flute 73
4' Gemshorn 73
4' Dulciana 12
2 2/3' Nazard -- (Gemshorn)
2' Piccolo 12
1 3/5' Tierce -- (Gemshorn)
1 1/7' Septieme -- (Gemshorn)
8' Clarinet 61
Tremolo
8' Harp (TC) --
4' Celesta 61 bars


Source: Allen Kinzey

Photo Source: Larry Klug

Notes: The $650,000 facility was completed in 1925; half of the cost was given by United States Steel. Elbert Gary, the city's namesake, donated the organ. The nave had seating for 950 and, during the congregation's heyday, there were nearly 3,000 members. By 1973, that number had dwindled to 300. The congregation left the building in 1975, and it was used briefly by another congregation. The building was abandoned in the early 1980's and ravaged by vandalism over the ensuing years. A fire in 1997 did considerable damage to the nave, basically just leaving the walls and some ceiling. The building still stands, but just barely. Preservationists are trying to have the building rebuilt and used for civic purposes.

Not long before the second congregation gave up the building, the organ went to a residence in Lansing, Illinois. While an addition was being made to the home and the organ installed, the home burned and most of Op. 611 went with it. The console went through the floor into the basement.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=10751