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First Congregational Church
531 Washington Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46360


OHS Database ID 6712.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 232.

Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2015-09-01.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 28 stops. 28 ranks. 1540 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Adjustable combination pistons. Flat straight pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud.


  • Status Note: There 1990. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Fox shows this as Opus 506 from Church of the Messiah, Unitarian, Chicago, IL (3-26), one rank altered. In danger. was on list as #507, which was a 2-15 built for First Presbyterian, Decatur, IL. The former is probably correct as the Decatur organ is marked butchered one version of the Roosevelt list. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Gouwens. -- Organ was restored by Rutz; original action was beyond restoration, so rebuilt as a (very heavy) tracker action. Stop action is electrified (but, alas, very sluggish) sliders, no combination. Church itself is in some jeopardy, leaving the future of this organ in some question. (Database Manager. 2009-11-27)
  • Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- Current congregation does not use. Trustee Board looking for suitable new home/owner. 11-2012 (Database Manager. 2012-11-26)
  • Updated through online information from George Dobie. -- The First Congregational Church Building is in the process of a rent to buy contract. The organ is not being sold. New congregation does not use organ in their service. Therefor currently looking for a new home for opus 506. A sale or a move to a more suitable venue. George Dobie, Trustee (Database Manager. 2014-02-27)
  • Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard. (Database Manager. 2015-09-01)

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  • Friesen, Michael D.. "Chicago-Midwest Northern Indiana Organ Crawl," The Stopt Diapason (Vol. 1, No. 6 [December 1980], pp. 3-9).

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Left Drawknobs (Swell and Pedal). Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Right Drawknobs (Great and Choir). Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Left Combination Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Right Combination Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Expression Pedals. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Console. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Pipe Facade. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Builder and Restorer's Nameplates. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Matt Gerhard 2015-08-26

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  • From The Stopt Diapason Winter 1996/97

  • First Congregational Church, Michigan City, IN
    1891 Frank Roosevelt Opus 506
    Great (Manual II):
    16' Double Open Diapason
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Doppleflöte 
    8' Viola di Gamba 
    4' Octave 
    2-2/3' Octave Quint 
    2' Super Octave 
    8' Trumpet
    Swell (Manual III--Enclosed):
    16' Bourdon Treble/Bass
    8' Open Diapason
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Salicional
    4' Gemshorn
    4' Flute Harmonique
    III Cornet
    8' Cornopean
    8' Oboe
    Choir (Manual I--Enclosed):
    8' Geigen Principal
    8' Concert Flute
    8' Dolce
    4' Rohrflöte
    2' Piccolo Harmonique
    8' Clarinet
    16' Open Diapason
    16' Bourdon
    8' Violoncello
     [Received from Connor Annable 2012-02-02.]
  • From The Stopt Diapason Winter 1996/97 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.