Caldwell A.M.E. Zion Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: David Schmauch)
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Caldwell A.M.E. Zion Church

1288 Rev. James A. Polite (originally Stebbins) Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10459
http://www.caldwellamez.com



In 1931 Caldwell A.M.E. Zion Church was originated as a mission church in a Bronx store front. Caldwell was founded by Anna Leftage, a Sunday School teacher in the A.M.E. Zion Church and a devout Christian. In 1933 the mission had grown so successfully that it was accepted as the first Zion church of the New York Conference, away from the Mother Church. Caldwell was named after Bishop Josiah S. Caldwell.

The Reverends John A. Matthews and George A. Taylor were some of the initial pastors of the new Caldwell Church. On September 10, 1944, Anna Leftage’s dream finally came true when the Reverend Carnes Mckinney, a hard working pastor, relocated the congregation to its present site. Reverend McKinney served Caldwell and the Community for 33 years. His spiritual guidance and leadership made Caldwell into one of the more notable churches in the Bronx.
           

  Eifert & Stoehr Organ (1912) in Caldwell AME Zion Church - Bronx, NY (photo: David Schmauch)
   
  Eifert & Stoehr Organ (1912) in Caldwell AME Zion Church - Bronx, NY (photo: David Schmauch)
   
  Eifert & Stoehr Organ (1912) in Caldwell AME Zion Church - Bronx, NY (photo: David Schmauch)
Eifert & Stoehr
Steinway, Long Island (1912)
Mechanical key action
Pneumatic pedal and stop action
2 manuals, 16 stops, 15 ranks
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 58 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
58
8
  Dulciana
58
8
  Melodia
58
4
  Principal
58
8
  Viol d'Gamba
58
4
  Flauto Dolce
58

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 58 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
58
8
  Oboe Gamba
58
8
  Open Diapason
58
4
  Flute Harmonique
58
8
  Stopped Diapason
58
2
  Piccolo
58
8
  Salicional
58
  Tremulant
8
  Vox Celeste
58
   

     

     
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Subbass
30
   
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
   
               
Couplers
    Swell to Great   Great to Pedal
    Swell to Great Octaves   Swell to Pedal
               
Combinations
    3 mechanical combination pistons each for Swell and Great
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Great Pedal      
    Balanced Swell Pedal      
  Grand Crescendo Pedal      

           

Sources:
     Caldwell A.M.E. Zion Church web site: http://www.caldwellamez.com
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Schmauch, David. Specifications of Eifert & Stoehr Organ (1912).

Photos:
     Schmauch, David: exterior; Eifert & Stoehr Organ (1912).

           
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