Providence, Rhode Island, 1842–1843.
According to Barbara Owen, in 1842 John Bowden added a Swell to Great coupler to the Thomas Johnston organ in St. John’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island. 1 This organ had originally been in Concert Hall in Boston, Massachusetts; it had been replaced by a Snetzler organ in 1763 and had been sold to what was then King’s Church in Providence in 1771.2 However, in 1834 the firm of E. & G.G. Hook installed its opus 14 in St. John’s Church, an organ with 2 manuals and 22 registers.3 This organ is ID 15897 in the Organ Historical Society Pipe Organ Database. According to information from Scot Huntingon in that entry, “In 1842 a Swell to Great coupler was added. This organ was sold to Christ Church Episcopal, Springfield, Massachusetts in 1851.” 4 This suggests that Bowden added the coupler to the Hook organ; further research may substantiate or refute this conclusion.
/ / / / Archived Note / / / /The following note is from a previous version of this entry; it has been superseded by the note above, which contains new information or corrects errors or inaccuracies.
From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —
Repaired organ in Providence, Rhode Island, 1842–1843.
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