Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Girard College – Chapel


Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
H.C. Banks at Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Skinner organ, Op. 872 (1931) in Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA)
 
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1931
   Opus:        872
 
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      100
No. ranks:      106
No. pipes:      6,829
      

Specification

                GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
            32' Violone              5 PED          16' Bourdon             73
            16' Open Diapason       61               8' Open Diapason       73
             8' First Diapason      61               8' Geigen Diapason     73
             8' Second Diapason     61               8' Gedeckt             73
             8' Third Diapason      61 (in CH)       8' Salicional          73
             8' Principal Flute     61               8' Voix Celeste        73
             8' Stopped Diapason    61 (in CH)       8' Viol d'Orchestre    73
             8' Erzähler            61 (in CH)       8' Viol Celeste        73
             8' Erzähler Celeste    61 (in CH)       8' Flauto Dolce        73
             8' Cello               61 (in CH)       8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
         5 1/3' Quinte              61               4' Octave              73
             4' Octave              61               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
             4' Principal           61           2 2/3' Nazard              61
         2 2/3' Twelfth             61               2' Flautino            61
             2' Fifteenth           61               V  Chorus Mixture     305
             V  Chorus Mixture     305              IV  Cornet Mixture     244
            IV  Harmonics          244              16' Posaune             73
            16' Trumpet             61               8' Cornopean           73
             8' Tromba              61               8' French Trumpet      73
             8' Trumpet             61 (in CH)       8' Oboe d'Amore        73
             4' Clarion             61               8' Vox Humana          73
                Chimes              SO               4' Clarion             73
             8' Harp                CH                  Tremolo
             4' Celesta             CH                  Chimes              SO
                                                     8' Harp                CH
                CHOIR ORGAN                          4' Celesta             CH
            16' Dulciana            73
             8' Geigen Diapason     73                  ECHO ORGAN
             8' Spitz Flute         73               8' Diapason            61
             8' Concert Flute       73               8' Wald Flute          61
             8' Viol d'Orchestre    73               8' Echo Gamba          61
             8' Viol Celeste        73               8' Dulcet              61
             8' Dulciana            73               4' Flute Triangulaire  61
             8' Unda Maris (TC)     61               8' Vox Humana          61
             4' Flute d'Amore       73                  Tremolo
             4' Octave Dulciana     73
         2 2/3' Twelfth Dulciana    --                  PEDAL ORGAN
             2' Fifteenth Dulciana  12              32' Open Diapason       12
             2' Piccolo             61              32' Violone             12
           III  Carillon Mixture   183              32' Resultant           --
            16' Bassoon             73              16' Diapason            32
             8' Clarinet            61              16' Contra Bass         32
             8' Orchestral Oboe     61              16' Metal Diapason      GT
                Tremolo                             16' Bourdon             32
                Chimes              SO              16' Dulciana            CH
             8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Echo Lieblich       SW
             4' Celesta             61 bars          8' Octave Diapason     12
                                                     8' Principal           12
                SOLO ORGAN                           8' Gedeckt             12
             8' Flauto Mirabilis    73               8' Still Gedeckt       SW
             8' Gamba               73               4' Flute               12
             8' Gamba Celeste       73               V  Mixture            160
             4' Flute               73              32' Bombarde            12
           VII  Grand Fourniture   427              32' Fagotto             12
            16' Contra Tuba         73              16' Trombone            32
            16' Corno di Bassetto   12              16' Fagotto             12
             8' Tuba Mirabilis      73 (unenc.)     16' Bassoon             CH
             8' Harmonic Tuba       73               8' Tromba              12
             8' French Horn         73                  Chimes              SO
             8' English Horn        73
             8' Corno di Bassetto   73
             4' Clarion             73
                Tremolo
                Chimes


Source: Allen Kinzey

Photo 2 Source: The Diapason, via Jonathan Bowen

Photo 3 Source: The Composition of the Organ, by Ernest M. Skinner and Richmond H. Skinner, published by Melvin J. Light

Photos 4-14 Source: Courtesy Bruce Shultz and Doug Backman

Notes: The organ chamber in the Girard College Chapel is certainly unique. Located in the ceiling at a height of 100' above the floor, the chamber is 60' feet long, 40' feet wide at one end and 22' at the other end, with a height inside the chamber of 40'. Because of the hard surfaces of the chamber and the room below, as well as the open grill permitting the sound to travel unhindered to the 2500-seat room below, the sound of the organ is tremendous. It is one of the most exciting organs in the country.

Austin built a new console in 1986. There have been a number of tonal changes in the last few decades.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=9032