The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church / Basilica
232 Chapel Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23504

OHS Database ID 469.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 23, 1979-11-17.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 16, 2008.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 36 stops. 36 ranks.

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

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1979 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • [Incorrectly believe to have been exhibited at the Philadelphia International Exhibition 1851.] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Richard J Maryman. -- The organ is complete, with some damage sustained to pipes in the Gread and Pedal divisions. Choir and Swell are intact, unharmed. There is much debris in organ resulting from recent renovation work on church's steeple. Blower has no live current to motor, is located aprox. 40 to 50 feet above organ in tower, would need to be removed by crane. Oil in blower bearings congealed, bearings on poor condition. will need a thorough cleaning to make playable, reservoirs are not original, some casework is altered. -- manual compass of 56 notes (Database Manager. April 16, 2008)

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Manuals and Right Drawknobs. Photograph by Shawn Brown 2013-08-03
. Photograph by Shawn Brown 2014-08-03
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by Shawn Brown 2014-08-03

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