Bedford Park Congregational Church

2988 Bainbridge Avenue at East 201st Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10458


Organ Specifications:
II/9 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 5925 (1931) – moved (ca.1958)
• M.P. Möller (1917) – electrify William H. Davis organ
• William H. Davis (c.1892)


The Bedford Park Congregational Church was organized in 1889 to serve the railroad suburb of Bedford Park. Architect Edgar K. Bourne, son of the society's founder, designed the fieldstone-clad church that was built from 1891-92. Bourne's eclectic design ombined elements of the Shingle, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival styles. In 2000, the building was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
             
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 5925 (1931) – moved (ca.1958)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 19 registers, 9 stops, 9 ranks


This organ was originally built in 1931 for the Asbury Methodist Church in Crestwood (Yonkers), N.Y. In 1958, Asbury Methodist purchased a new three-manual Austin organ (Op. 2287), and it seems likely that Bedford Park Congregational acquired the Möller organ about that time. Over the years the organ has suffered water damage and is currently unplayable. In 2015 the church purchased a Rodgers electronic instrument, but left the Möller pipes intact; at some point the Rodgers may be connected to the pipe organ.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Flute
SW
8
  Stopped Diapason
SW
8
  Oboe
SW
8
  Salicional
SW
    2 blank knobs  
8
  Dulciana
SW
   
Chimes
21 notes
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Viole d'Gamba
73
2
  Piccolo (fr. St. Diap.)
8
  Vox Celeste (TC)
61
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Vox Humana
61
8
  Stopped Diapason
85
    Tremolo  
4
  Flute (fr. St. Diap.)
    2 blank knobs  
2 2/3
  Flute Twelfth (fr. St. Diap.)
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon (ext. St. Diap.)
12
    2 blank knobs  
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt (lo-press.)
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8'   Great 16', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8'   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 + 0 affecting Great and Pedal stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 + 0 affecting Swell and Pedal stops
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal     Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal      
             
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. (1917)
Electro-pneumatic action


In 1917, M.P. Möller was contracted to electrify the previous William H. Davis organ. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
               
William H. Davis
New York City (c.1892)
Mechanical action


The first known organ for Bedford Park Congregational was built by William H. Davis. It seems likely that this organ probably dates from the opening of the church building in 1892.. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
               
Sources:
     Dolkart, Andrew S. and Matthew A. Postal. Guide to New York City Landmarks (Third Edition). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004.
     Glück, Sebastian. Specification of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 5925 (1931).