The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church
1100 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701

Chancel

OHS Database ID 17781.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 16, 2016.


Technical Details

Two manuals. 4 divisions. 20 stops.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front.

Notes

  • Identified through information in Vol VI p. 162 of the Pilcher factory ledgers and a list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Original price: $10,000 Also Op. 506. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- According to THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WACO, TEXAS A Memorial History 1855-1955 by Roger N. Conger, "The pipe-organ, built by Pilcher, was given to the Church in honor of Captain and Mrs. C. H. Higginson by their daughters,..... It was presented in 1925, at a special service followed by a recital by Professor Carl Weiseman of Dallas." The organ had 3 main divisions (great, swell, and pedal) and an antiphonal division in the balcony/gallery. (Database Manager. December 15, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS.
    There is an engraved brass plate on the chancel screen near the present organ console. It reads: This organ is presented by the members of the Higginson Family in loving memory of Mrs. Mattie McElroy Higginson and Green B. Higginson, December 25th AD 1923. (Database Manager. August 16, 2016)

Online Documents

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Related Database Entries

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Photographs

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Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph from the Church Archives; image courtesy of T. Bradford Willis
Church Exterior. (1920's) Vintage Postcard; image courtesy of T. Bradford Willis
Memorial Plaque. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-07-23

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Stoplist

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