The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Amenia Union, New York 12501

OHS Database ID 3312.

Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 276, 2002-10-19.


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 2015-04-18.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 1 divisions. 6 stops. 6 registers. 5 ranks. 312 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 20 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. No combination action.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1982. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • [Has also been listed as possibly Robjohn c. 1860.] From unknown. Purchased from Jardine in 1886 for $500. 20 note pedalboard and pedal coupler added by Jardine. Altered by John J. Smith c. 1930: added concave, radiating, permanently-coupled pedalboard and balanced swell pedal. Manual compass 56n. Recessed console. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Updated through online information from scot huntington. -- The Odell organ was installed in Amenia Union in March, 1888, by Geo. Jardine & Son, having been taken in trade from an unknown location.
    The organ was altered by Wm D. Osterhoudt of Poughkeepsie in Sept., 1928, not John Smith. Osterhoudt replaced the Dulciana with an Aeoline, and installed a balanced expression pedal.
    Robert Smith of White Plains renovated the organ in Apr. 1951, installing slide tuners, rebuilding the pedalboard and adding a new Spencer Jr. blower, unfortunately removing the original feeder and pumping mechanism in the process.
    In Apr. 1977, Gordon Auchincloss restored the original hitch-down mechanism, reconstructed the pedalboard, and installed a new Meidinger blower.
    The organ was restored according to O.H.S., guidelines by S.L. Huntington & Co., Stonington, Ct. in 2001. Among routine restorative repairs,the 1928 Aeoline was replaced with a reconstruction of the original Dulciana, and the metal treble pipes were lengthened to restore the original pitch and cone-tuning. The feeder was discovered behind a pile of rubble in the cellar and returned to the instrument.
    SLH & Co. added a new Ventus blower in Nov. 2004.
    In 2012, the church floor was found to be danger of imminent collapse. During the extensive building renovation which followed, workmen discarded the original feeder. (Database Manager. 2015-04-18)

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • St. Thomas Episcopal, Amenia Union, NY
    Robjohn? c. 1860/Jardine 1886/John J. Smith & Son c. 1930
    (stoplist: Whistlebox, Amenia brochure, p. 5)
    
    Manual (58 notes, enclosed)
    8' Open Diapason [TC]
    8' Stop Diapason Treble [TC]
    8' Stop Diap. Bass [CC-BB]
    8' Dulciana [TC]
    4' Principal
    2' Fifteenth
    
    Pedal (30 notes, radiating and concave)
    permanently coupled to manual
    
    Balanced Swell pedal.
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.