The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Scottish Rite Cathedral
Indianapolis, Indiana

Auditorium

OHS Database ID 23436.

Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 255.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2014-03-03.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

5 manuals. 9 divisions. 78 stops. 61 registers. 73 ranks. 4877 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • On-line update from David Kinyon -- Instrument is in reasonably good condition. The main organ, Great, Swell, Solo, Pedal, Choir are in the ceiling speaking through cloth. There is a stage division enclosed stage left. Also a small echo division in the first gallery level next to the console and and Etherial Division in the ceiling directly above the console. Console is very comfortable but definitely a Skinner button craze. [Editor's Note: This comment refers to the present Reisner console, a 1972 replacement for the original.] Unaltered since last renovation. Huge auditorium horseshoe style for Masonic work, but acoustically totally dead. Organ is quite muffled and difficult to hear from the console. Organ is rarely if every used. Suffering from dust and lack of use. (Database Manager. 2005-09-04)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    The original builder was Skinner Organ Co. -- Opus 696 (1928). This contract/opus number covered the addition of two identical new divisions of four ranks each, one in a balcony, the other on stage. (Database Manager. 2006-04-21)
  • Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- Main organ located in ceiling chamber measuring 18' by 32' above front center of auditorium; in 1969, Cave Organ Co. replaced the Skinner console with a 5-manual one by Reisner. The Skinner console is on display in the History Room. (Database Manager. 2007-08-14)
  • Updated through online information from JOHN R WINKLER. -- A XYLOPHONE has been added after 2000 and is not enclosed. The stop for it is on a blank stop within the swell stops. There is a single keyboard that can be connected to the stage organ. (Database Manager. 2014-03-03)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. "Scottish Rite Cathedral, Indianapolis, Indiana," 2007 Organ Atlas: Central Indiana Region (203-212). [Stoplists, photographs]
  • Coleberd, Robert E.. "The Masonic Lodge Pipe Organ: Another neglected chapter in the history of pipe organ building in America," The Diapason (August, 2008 [Whole No. 1185] pp. 24-29). [Lists both of Multiple Masonic Lodge contracts by builders and of representative four-manual Masonic Lodge organs] [Photographs, stoplist]

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Replacement console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Replacement console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior -- from the west. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Original Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2007-07-16
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Room. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Building exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Left jamb. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Right jamb. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17
Original console: Toe studs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2006-06-17

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