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Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Corner of 8th & Telfair Streets
Augusta, Georgia 30903

OHS Database ID 4145.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 154.


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 in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 30, 2014.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 25 stops. 29 ranks. 1520 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.

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

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Flat straight pedalboard. Coupler reversible thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Name is Most Holy Trinity. St. Patrick is the Patron Saint. Restored by Zimmer 1993, 2-30. The facade consists of several pipes from the great Open Diapason which are gold, and stenciled on them is a lovely pattern in red, plus (translation from the Latin, I forget the words) Praise the Lord with Choir and Organ. It consists of twenty-nine ranks, one 16' rank on each manual, plus three (diapason, flute, and trombone) in the pedals. The reeds are beautiful (pedal Trombone, great Trumpet, and swell Cornopean). It has a marvelous tone and a very stiff action. Date also listed as 1871 but newspaper articles confirm the 1868 date. The church's web page (2003) indicates the organ was restored in 1994 by Messrs. Henry Hawkinson and Morris Spearman of Charlotte, North Carolina (working for Zimmer??) (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • The pipe organ in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity is thought to have been built in New York during the Civil War but not installed until October 1868 because of the Union blockade of Southern ports. Built by George Jardine and Son of New York City, it contains 1,520 pipes. The organ was the first large instrument built by Jardine for a Southern church in the Post-bellum period. In 1994, the organ was completely restored by Messrs. Henry Hawkinson and Morris Spearman of Charlotte, North Carolina and was selected by the Organ Historical Society as "an instrument of exceptional historic merit, worthy of preservation." Most Holy Trinity's organ is the largest extant 19th-century organ remaining in the South and one of the largest Jardines in the country. (church web site, 2014) (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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    • Specification from church web site

    • Augusta, Georgia	
      Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
      
      Geo. Jardine & Son   1868                           2 manuals, 25 stops, 29 ranks
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                GREAT ORGAN                              SWELL ORGAN
            16' Double Diapason       56             16' Bourdon               56
             8' Grand Open Diapason   56              8' Open Diapason         56
             8' Viol di Gamba         44 tc           8' Lieblich Gedact       44 tc
             8' Melodia               44 tc           8' Dulciana              44 tc
             8' Stopped Diap. Bass    12              8' Stopped Diap. Bass    12
             4' Principal             56              8' Clariana              56
             4' Boehm Flute           56              8' Vox Celestis          56
         2 2/3' Twelfth               56              4' Violino               56
             2' Fifteenth             56              4' Echo Flute            56
                Sexquialtra (3 rks?) 168              2' Piccolo               56
             8' Trumpet               56                 Cornet (3 rks?)      168
                                                         Cornopean             56
                PEDAL ORGAN                              Tremolo
            16' Dbl. Open Diapason    25
            16' Contra Bass           25                 Swell to Great (pistons)
             8' Violoncello           25                 Great to Pedal
            16' Trombone              25                 Swell to Pedal
      
      
      [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-12-30]
      
      
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