Baltimore, Maryland

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church


Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (Baltimore, MD)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1930
   Opus:        839
   
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      46
No. ranks:      45
No. pipes:      2,856

Specification

             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Double Diapason     61               8' Diapason            73
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Rohrflöte           73
          8' Second Diapason     61               8' Salicional          73
          8' Harmonic Flute      61               8' Voix Celeste        73
          4' Octave              61               8' Flute Celeste II   134
          4' Flute               61               4' Octave              73
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
          2' Fifteenth           61               V  Mixture            305
          8' Tromba              61              16' Waldhorn            73
             Chimes                               8' Trumpet             73
                                                  8' Oboe d'Amour        73
             CHOIR ORGAN                          8' Vox Humana          73
         16' Contra Gamba        73               4' Clarion             73
          8' Geigen Principal    73                  Tremolo
          8' Concert Flute       73
          8' Dulciana            73                  PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Unda Maris (TC)     61              32' Contra Bourdon      --
          4' Flute               73              16' First Diapason      32
      2 2/3' Nazard              61              16' Second Diapason     GT
          8' Clarinet            73              16' Contra Bass         32
             Tremolo                             16' Bourdon             32
          8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Contra Gamba        CH
          4' Celesta             61 bars          8' Octave              12
                                                  8' Gedeckt             12
             SOLO ORGAN                          16' Trombone            44
          8' Flauto Mirabilis    73              16' Waldhorn            SW
          8' Gamba               73                  Chimes              GT
          8' Gamba Celeste       73
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73
          8' French Horn         73
          8' English Horn        73
             Tremolo


Source: Allen Kinzey

Notes: The 1991 convention handbook of the Organ Historical Society that featured the Baltimore convention had this to say about the church and organ:

"Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church was built in 1870 as a memorial to George Brown (1787-1859), by his widow, Isabella Brown. In 1905, the building was enlarged by the addition of transepts. In 1931, the chancel was built to plans of Ralph Adams Cram.

"The first organ was a Hall & Labagh organ of two manuals and thirty stops built in 1870. In 1889, a Steere & Turner organ [of three manuals and thirty-five ranks] was installed at a price of $6,000. When the new chancel was completed in 1931, the Skinner was installed, with G. Donald Harrison doing the tonal finishing. Virgil Fox became organist in 1935."

According to the stop list published in the September 1930 issue of The Diapason, the Pedal Trombone was extended to 8' pitch. However, somewhere along the line the 8' knob was used to borrow the 16' Waldhorn from the Swell, instead. The pipes and switch for the 8' Tromba are in place.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=7306