Birmingham, Alabama

Avondale Methodist Episcopal Church


Aeolian-Skinner organ, Op. 802-A (1941) in Avondale Methodist Episcopal Church (Birmingham, AL)
 
Aeolian-Skinner organ, Op. 802-A (1941) in Avondale Methodist Episcopal Church (Birmingham, AL)
 
Avondale Methodist Episcopal Church (Birmingham, AL)
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.
   Year:        1941
   Opus:        802-A
   
No. manuals:    2
No. stops:      30
No. ranks:      13
No. pipes:      817
 
 
 
                GREAT ORGAN
            16' Bourdon             97
             8' Diapason            61
             8' Chimney Flute       --
             8' Voix Celeste II    110
             8' Cello Celeste II   110
             8' Flute Celeste II   110
             4' Flute               --
         2 2/3' Nazard              --
             2' Piccolo             --
         1 3/5' Tierce              --
             8' French Horn         61
             8' Trumpet             61
             8' Clarinet            61
             8' English Horn        61
             8' Vox Humana          61
             8' Corno d'Amore (Syn) --
                Tremolo
                Chimes
             8' Harp (TC)           --
             4' Celesta
 
                SWELL ORGAN
                (duplicate of Great)
 
                PEDAL ORGAN
            16' Bourdon             GT
             8' Gedeckt             GT
                Chimes
                Drum (prepared-for)
 

Source: Allen Kinzey

Photo Source: Jeff Scofield

Notes: The organ was originally installed in the Skinner studio in Palm Beach - just in time for the Great Depression. Rumor has it that it surfaced at the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. From there it reportedly went to Hollins College, Hollins, VA. An Aeolian-Skinner rep had a friend at the Avondale church, so he knew that the church was looking for an organ at a good price – and the school was wanting to sell the organ. So, the church contracted with Aeolian-Skinner to move and re-install the organ. Howard Best made additions 1977-1987. The organ is in excellent condition and sounds wonderful in the room.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=23601