Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Dave Schmauch)
 
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Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church

141 Featherbed Lane at University Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10453






Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Dave Schmauch)  



Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church was founded in 1921 by Rev. Dr. Robert Bruce Clark. Ground was broken for the present church on March 26, 1927, and the cornerstone was laid on October 15 that same year. Designed by Gamble Rogers, the Georgian-style structure is built of brick with limestone trim. The sanctuary originally seated 500, plus another 400 when the adjacent Sunday school was opened into the church. The facility cost $250,000 and was built with the financial assistance of the Church Extension Committee of the Presbytery of New York.
               
  M.P. Moller organ, Op. 5015 (1927) in Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Dave Schmauch)
   
  M.P. Moller organ, Op. 5015 (1927) in Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Dave Schmauch)
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 5015 (1927)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 32 stops, 16 ranks








The organ in Featherbed Lane Presbyterian Church was built in 1927 by M.P. Möller of Hagerstown, Md. Möller installed the pipes and mechanism in a chamber behind and above the elevated choir loft at the front of the church. The following stoplist is taken from the three-manual stopkey console, while the pipecounts are suggested, based on similar Möller organs of the era. As of 2011, the organ needs repair but is playable and used for services.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed with Choir
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Octave [ext.]
8
  Doppel Floete
73
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Tuba
73
8
  Viole d' Gamba
73
    Tremulant  
8
  Dulciana
CH
   
Chimes  

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon [unit]
97
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
73
8
  Gedeckt
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
4
  Orchestral Flute
4
  Violina [ext.]
2 2/3
  Flute Twelfth
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
2
  Flautina
8
  Vox Humana [sep. box]
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
    Tremulant  

     

     
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  English Open Diapason
73
8
  Dulciana
GT
8
  Concert Flute
73
4
  Flute Traverso [Melodia]
GT
8
  Doppel Floete
GT
    Tremulant  
8
  Viole d' Gamba
GT
       

     

     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Octave
16
  Open Diapason [unit]
44
8
  Flute
16
  Bourdon [unit]
44
8
  Violoncello
GT
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal   Great 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Choir to Pedal   Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Mechanicals
    Great Tremulant       Choir Tremulant  
    Swell Tremulant       Crescendo Indicator  
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Great & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Swell & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Choir & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Full Organ Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Expression Pedal, Swell Organ   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Expression Pedal, Great-Choir Organs   Sforzando Pedal
    Grand Crescendo Pedal    
               
Sources:
     "Anniversay is Marked," The New York Times (Jan. 27, 1936).
     "Church Cornerstone Laid," The New York Times (Oct. 16, 1927).
     "Minister Revives Church in Bronx," The New York Times (Jan. 11, 1960).
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     "Topics of Interest to the Churchgoer," The New York Times (Mar. 26, 1927).

Illustrations:
     Schmauch, Dave. Exterior; interior; M.P. Möller organ, Op. 5015 (1927).