Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Opus 1343, 1957

OHS Database ID 25095.

Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Episcopal
127 E. 12th Avenue
Spokane Washington 99202

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The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.

The organ is in good condition and in regular use.

We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2011-03-05.

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Console and Chancel. Photograph by Nicholas Towle 2015-05-02
Pipe Facade. Photograph by Nicholas Towle 2015-05-02

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The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Three manuals. 5 divisions. 65 stops. 47 registers. 72 ranks. 4039 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


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  • Stoplist copied from the console December 11,1991
    Spokane, Washington
    Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Episcopal)
    AEOLIAN-SKINNER ORGAN CO.           Opus-1343
         Boston, Mass.             JOSEPH S. WHITEFORD
    HAUPTWERK                                    RÉCIT (Expressive)
       16    Spitz Prinzipal            12          16    Quintadène                 68
       8     Prinzipal                  61          8     Flûte à Cheminée           68
       8     Spitz Prinzipal            61          8     Viola Pompose              68
       8     Holz Gedeckt               61          8     Viola Céleste              68
       4     Oktave                     61          8     Flute Céleste  [II]       124
       4     Rohr Flöte                 61          4     Montre                     68
       2-2/3 Quinte                     61          4     Flûte Harmonique           68
       2     Super Oktav                61          2-2/3 Nazard                     61
       IV-VI Mixtur   [19-22-26-29]    294          2     Flûte à Fuseau             61
       III-V Scharf      [26-29-33]    233          1-3/5 Tierce                     61
       8     Trompette en Chamade       61          IV-VI Plein Jeu  [15-19-22-26]  300
       4     Clairon en Chamade         12          16    Bombarde Hautbois          68
                                                    8     Trompette                  68
       Hauptwerk Off                                8     Voix Humaine               68
       Gallery Off                                  4     Clairon                    68
    GALLERY (Antiphonal)                            Récit 16
       8     Cor de Nuit                61          Récit Unison Off
       8     Salicional                 61          Récit 4
       4     Spitz Geigen               61
       IV    Fourniture [22-26-29-33]  244
                                                    32    Untersatz         (Bour.)  12
    CHOIR (Expressive)                              16    Kontra Bass        (wood)  32
       8     Nason Flute                68          16    Spitz Prinzipal      (HW)  --
       8     Gemshorn                   68          16    Bourdon                    32
       8     Dolcan                     68          16    Quintadène          (Réc)  68
       8     Dolcan Celeste       (tc)  56          16    Contra Dolcan        (Ch)  12
       4     Koppel Flöte               68          16    Sanft Bass    (Gal. Ped.)  32
       2     Italian Principal          61          8     Oktave                     32
       1-1/3 Larigot                    61          8     Spitz Prinzipal      (HW)  --
       III-V Zimbel        [29-33-36]  216          8     Bourdon                    12
       16    English Horn               68          4     Choral Bass                32
       8     Trompette en Chamade       --          4     Bourdon                    12
       4     Cromorne                   68          2     Fife                       32
       4     Rohr Schalmei              68          IV    Mixture   [12-15-19-22]   128
                                                    32    Contre Bombarde     (Réc)  12
                                                    16    Posaune                    32
                                                    16    Bombarde Hautbois   (Réc)  --
                                                    16    English Horn         (Ch)  --
                                                    8     Trompete                   12
                                                    8     Cromorne             (Ch)  --
                                                    4     Klarine                    12
                                                    4     Rohr Schalmei        (Ch)  --
    COUPLERS                                     FINGER PISTONS
       Récit to Pedal                  8,4          General                      1 – 12
       Haup. to Pedal                  8            Récit                         1 – 8
       Choir to Pedal                  8,4            Réc. to Ped.                (rev)
       Gallery to Pedal                8              Réc. to Haup.               (rev)
                                                      Réc. to Ch.                 (rev)
       Récit to Haup.               16,8,4          Hauptwerk                     1 – 8
       Choir to Haup.               16,8,4            Haup. to Ped.               (rev)
                                                    Choir                         1 – 8
       Récit to Choir               16,8,4            Ch. to Ped.                 (rev)
       Gallery on Choir                               Ch. to Haup.                (rev)
                                                    Pedal                        1 – 10
       Gallery on Récit                             Sforz.                        (rev)
                                                    Full Organ                    (rev)
    TOE STUDS                                       Cancel
       General                      1 – 12
       Pedal                        1 – 10
       Zimbelstern                   (rev)       FOOT LEVERS
                                                    Gallery Off                   (rev)
                                                    Haup. Off                     (rev)
    PEDAL MOVEMENTS                                 Haup. to Ped.                 (rev)
       Récit Expression             (bal.)          Sforz.                        (rev)
       Choir Expression             (bal.)          Full Organ                    (rev)
       Crescendo                    (bal.)
    ACTION: E-P pitman      VOICES: 48      STOPS: 65      RANKS: 73      PIPES: 4,047
                & unit
    The original idea of a new Cathedral in Spokane originated in 1924 with the Right Reverend
    Edward Makin Cross, S.T.D., shortly after his arrival to become the new missionary bishop.
    The congregation of the new Cathedral was formed from the merger of three other congregations,
    and the sale of their properties helped to fund the construction. These three congregations
    were the former Cathedral – All Saints – which stood at the corner of First Ave. & Jefferson
    St.; St. James Church at the corner of Grand Blvd. & 25th Ave.; and St. Peter's Church at 
    Denver & Newark.
    The new Cathedral's first pipe organ was the II-manual, 21-rank instrument built by Henry
    Pilcher's Sons in 1905 for All Saints Cathedral.
    The second organ was a used IV-manual, 32-rank W.W. Kimball Co. instrument originally built
    for Spokane's Clemmer Theatre in 1914. It was installed at the Cathedral ca. 1935, and the
    Pilcher organ was moved to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on W. Dean Ave. where it still exists
    in predominantly original form on its original slider chests.
    The Aeolian-Skinner was installed in 1960, and the old Kimball was sold to Balcom and Vaughan
    of Seattle. Part of it was installed at St. Michael's Lutheran in Portland, Oregon as a III-
    manual, 15-rank organ. The remainder of the organ was gradually dispersed for parts or discarded.
    The Aeolian-Skinner places the Hauptwerk on the right side with the Récit behind it. Part of the
    Pedal is exposed on the left side with the Choir behind it. The rest of the Pedal is behind the
    Choir box. The gold façade pipes facing into the side transepts are ornamental only. The console
    sits on the left side with the organist facing the altar.
    The Hauptwerk 8'/4' Trompette en Chamade unit is actually located in the rear gallery with the
    antiphonal Gallery division, and the pipes are actually hooded - not truly en Chamade.
     [Received from James R. Stettner 2012-07-18.]