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St. Mary R.C. Church
55 Warren Street
Boston (Charlestown), Massachusetts 02129

OHS Database ID 4882.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 259, 2000-08-21.

Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2016-03-31.

Technical Details

Slider chests. EP sliders. Mechanical action with pneumatic assist [Barker levers or some similar device]. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 38 stops. 37 registers. 41 ranks. 2561 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The mechanical action console is detached from the main case and reversed.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 2000 (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Mechanical action to Swell and Choir, Barker lever to Great and Great Couplers. Some basses tubular pneumatic. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Updated through online information from Mark Paige. (Database Manager. 2006-09-14)
  • Updated through online information from Leonardo Ciampa. -- Organ is virtually unchanged. Has never been restored but is in a fairly good state of repair and is played often (four weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings, etc.). (Database Manager. 2008-02-23)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. 2013-09-09)
  • Updated through online information from Lee Eiseman. -- Andover Organ Company is set to commence a major restoration of action and winding after Easter. (Database Manager. 2015-02-23)
  • Updated through online information from Lee Eiseman.
    Andover Organ Company has restored the action and winding over the last year. (Database Manager. 2016-03-31)

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Organ in rear gallery. Photo by Leonardo Ciampa 2008-05-31
Detached, reversed console. Photo by Leonardo Ciampa 2008-05-31
Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Pipe Facades and Stained Glass Window. (2012) Photograph by Lee Eiseman
Console, Church Interior, and Altar. (2012) Photograph by Lee Eiseman

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  • Stoplist taken from the console June 21, 2012

  • Charlestown (Boston), Massachusetts
    St Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    1892 Woodberry & Harris
    Great (Not enclosed):
    16 Open Diapason
    8 Open Diapason
    8 Viola da Gamba
    8 Doppel Flute
    4 Octave
    4 Flute Harmonique
    2 2/3 Twelfth
    2 Fifteenth
    Mixture II
    Mixture III
    8 Trumpet
    4 Clarion
    Swell (Enclosed):
    16 Bourdon Bass
    16 Bourdon Treble
    8 Open Diapason
    8 Salicional
    8 Stopped Diapason
    8 Quintadena
    4 Octave
    4 Flauto Traverso
    4 Violina
    2 Flautino
    Cornet III
    8 Cornopean
    8 Oboe
    8 Vox Humana
    Choir (Not enclosed):
    16 Lieblich Gedackt
    8 Geigen Principal
    8 Salicional
    8 Melodia
    4 Flute D'Amour
    2 Piccolo Harmonique
    8 Clarinet
    16 Double Open Diapason
    16 Double Dulciana
    10 2/3 Quinte
    8 Violoncello
    16 Trombone
    Couplers (Drawbars and Thumb Pistons above the Great manual):
    Great to Pneumatic (Enables/Disables Great)
    Swell to Pneumatic (Swell to Great)
    Choir to Pneumatic (Choir to Great)
    Swell to Choir
    Choir to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal
    Great to Pedal
    Presets (Pistons above the Choir manual and levers above the pedalboard):
    Forte Choir
    Piano Swell
    Mezzo Swell
    Forte Swell
    Great to Pedal
    Piano Great
    Mezzo Great
    Forte Great
    Full Organ
    Piano Pedal
    Mezzo Pedal
    Forte Pedal
     [Received from Daniel Sauceda 2012-06-23.]
  • Stoplist taken from the console June 21, 2012 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.