The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Sitka Lutheran Church
224 Lincoln Street
Sitka, Alaska 99835

OHS Database ID 1110.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 15, 2017.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 1 divisions. 5 stops. 6 registers. 5 ranks. Manual compass is 54 notes. No pedals.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. The organ has an attached keydesk.

No enclosed divisions. No combination action.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1993. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Original building abandoned 1865 and organ moved to museum in Presbyterian mission. Temporarily used in Lutheran 1942, then returned to museum. Placed in new Lutheran building 1983. Heavily damaged by fire Dec. 1993. Restored 1995/96 by Martin Pasi. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. November 1, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. November 2, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from John Speller. -- There are five stops -- 8' Gedeckt, 8' Gamba, 4' Principal, 4' Floete and 2' Octave. There is an additional register, marked "Nihil" which is a spare stop to make for symmetry between the left and right stop jambs. The old German Gamba is a rare survival. The organ may be blown electrically or by hand. (Database Manager. April 29, 2012)
  • Updated by Tim Link, who has heard or played the organ.

    The gracious folks at Sitka Lutheran allowed me to play this little gem. It has a beautiful sound and smooth action. A CD played by Harvey Huiner on this organ is available through the church which shows off the organ's rich diversity of sound. According to an excellent and thorough article in The Tracker (1996) by David Dahl, "the keyboard is constructed so that it can fold up vertically into the case; three square stopknob shanks are positioned at each end of the keyboard, pulling sideways toward the center of the case. Presumably both folding keyboard and sideways stopknobs were designed for safety in shipping, avoiding any protruding parts in the case." This article references another Tracker article by Paul Schneider (20:2:14). Go to pasiorgan.com for Dahl's complete article, many pictures, and other interesting information about the restoration. (Database Manager. July 15, 2017)

Online Documents

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Photographs

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Case from the side. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Case Detail - Drawknobs. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Case from the Back. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Keydesk. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Pulpit. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Case Interior from the Back. Photograph by John L. Speller 2012-04-20
Organ in Gallery. Photograph by Tim Link 2017-07-05

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Stoplist

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  • Original document from Tim Link.. Source: Stop list taken from the organ

  • Sitka, Alaska
    Sitka Lutheran Church
    
    Organ by E. Kessler
    
    Left side:
    8' Gedact
    4' Principal
    2' Octave
    
    Right side:
    stopknob labeled Nihil (means "nothing"), does not move
    8' Viola di Gamba
    4' Flute
    
    		
  • Original document from Tim Link.. Source: Stop list taken from the organ Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.