The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Westgate Baptist Church
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17600

OHS Database ID 7171.

Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 195.


Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 10, 2013.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1986 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From the Brooklyn (NY) Art Museum. Restored c. 1986 by Douglas Eyman & church members. Historic Organs Recital 12 Dec 1986. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Restoration of E. M. Skinner Opus 758 (1929), originally installed in The Brooklyn Museum. The organ was given to Westgate Baptist Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1975; during removal organ was stolen by organ technician and installed in private home; after discovery and court trial, finally installed in church in 1986; restored by Douglas Eyman; extant. (Database Manager. May 9, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from William Dunklin. (Database Manager. February 10, 2013)

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • Westgate Baptist, Lancaster, PA
    1929 Skinner, Op. 758
    
    (PIPORG-L Feb 1998)
    
    Opus 758 is alive and well,  tonally unaltered. The organ was "stolen," but not "restored." To make a very long story  shorter, Opus 758, a III/29 E. M. Skinner, was originally given to the Brooklyn Museum in 1929 (dedicated by Lynwood Farnum) by the wealthy Blum family, with the
    condition that the Museum could never dispose of it by selling it, but instead must donate it to a church. The Museum chose to eliminate the organ in 1975, and the newly-formed Westgate Baptist
    congregation was given ownership of it, and engaged a local "organ-person" to transplant the organ from Brooklyn to Lancaster.  Probably thinking the local "hicks" would never notice, he put
    the Skinner in a cohort's home, and installed a hodge-podge of warehouse-clearing ranks in the spacious chambers of the newly-built church. When this double-switch was discovered, the church reluctantly went to court and won back possession of their Skinner, but they neglected to sue for the additional expense of another organ-transplant, and the church's budget for same was near zero.  Douglas Eyman guided some dedicated volunteers from the congregation, one everning a week over the next seven years, to pack, move, re-leather-as-necessary (about 25 percent) and install the Skinner. The organ was re-dedicated by the late Earl Miller in 1986, and continues to receive benign neglect from the congregation, except that the increasingly unreliable orginal combination action has recently been replaced with a solid-state system by the local firm of R. J. Brunner & Co.
    
    The organ has been awarded an OHS Preservation Plaque, and we're hoping it can be fit into the busy recital schedule of the 2002 OHS Convention scheduled for this area.
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.