First Presbyterian Church of Williamsbridge - Bronx, NY
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First Presbyterian Church of Williamsbridge

730 East 225th Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10466


Organ Specifications:
II/12 M.P. Möller, Op. 6620 (1938)
II/12 M.P. Möller, Op. 710 (c.1904)





The Presbyterian Church of Williamsbridge was founded in 1899 by a group of residents of North Irish and Scotch extraction, headed by Robert Wallace, village clerk of Williamsbridge before it became part of New York City. It was not until the following year that the society held Sunday school classes and services in a rented store at what is now the corner of 229th Street and White Plains Road. The first pastor was the Rev. William Hart Dexter, who served until 1902. He was followed by the Rev. Elton R. Perry, who led the congregation until 1908. At some point during Rev. Perry's term the the present building, a wooden frame structure with corner tower, was erected.
             
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 6620 (1938)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 12 stops, 12 ranks


In 1938, the M.P. Möller Company was contracted to rebuild and electrify their Op. 710 (c.1904) for a consideration of $4,250. Möller installed a new two-manual stop-key console with a "full complement of couplers and combination pistons." All of the old chests were returned to the factory where they were releathered and rebuilt with electro-pneumatic action. New chests and pipes were supplied to extend the upper end of the Swell Organ from 61 to 73 notes and to extend the Pedal Bourdon by 14 notes, and 12 new lower pipes were provided for the Concert Oboe in the Swell. Möller also moved the Swell to a new position on the other side of the gallery.

This organ was playable until 2012 when a fire damaged the blower in the basement.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Dulciana
61
8
  Melodia
61
4
  Principal
61
8
  Viola d'Gamba
61
4
  Flute
61
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
73
4
  Rohr Flute
73
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
8
  Salicional [Concert Oboe]
73
8
  Aeoline
73
    Tremolo  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant Bass
8
  Flute [ext.]
16
  Bourdon
44
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'   Great to Great 16', 4', Unison Off
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell to Swell 16', 4', Unison Off
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Adjustable Combinations
    present but not listed  
               
Mechanicals (not listed but suggested)
    Wind or Crescendo Indicator   3 blank stop keys  
               
Pedal Movements (not listed but suggested)
    Balanced Swell Pedal     Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal      
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 710 (c.1904)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 12 stops, 12 ranks


The following specification is based on a typed stoplist and description of work done by M.P. Möller when the organ was rebuilt and electrified in 1938.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Dulciana
61
8
  Viola da Gamba
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Doppel Flute
61
4
  Harmonique Flute
61
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
61
4
  Rohr Flute
61
8
  Stopped Diapason
61
8
  Oboe Gamba [TC]
49
8
  Aeoline
61
    Tremolo  
               
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Bourdon
30
       
               
Couplers (not listed but suggested)
    Great to Pedal 8'   Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8'   Swell to Swell 16', 4'
               
Mechanicals (not listed but suggested)
    Wind Indicator  
               
Pedal Movements (not listed but suggested)
    Balanced Swell Pedal     Great to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal      
               
Sources:
     M.P. Möller, Inc. Opus List, compiled by the Boston Organ Club Chapter of the Organ Historical Society; Martin R. Walsh, editor. Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     "35th Anniversary Marked by Church," The New York Times (Oct. 14, 1935).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications (Dec. 6, 1937) of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 6620 (1938).
     Trupiano, Larry. Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 710 (c.1904).

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