Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: David Schmauch)
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Church of the Holy Spirit
(Roman Catholic)

1940 University Avenue at West Burnside Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10453
http://www.holyspiritchurchbx.org/


Organ Specifications:
Present building (since c.1920)
II/11 Delaware Organ Company (1960s)
• II/ Estey Organ Company, Op. 1718 (1919)
First building (c.1901- c.1920)
• unknown

The Parish of the Holy Spirit was established in 1901 to serve Catholics in the Morris Heights area of the Bronx. Under the guidance of Rev. John D. Roach, the first pastor, a small frame church was erected at the junction of Burnside and University Avenues. In 1912, property on Burnside Avenue and the Grand Concourse was purchased for $45,000, and in October that year construction began on a $25,000 stone school that opened in September 1913.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: David Schmauch)  
About 1920, the present four-story brick structure was built to house both the church and school. One of many "combination churches" in the Bronx, the church is on the main floor, with the school occupying the upper floors.

         
  Delaware Organ Co. organ (1960s) - Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: David Schmauch)
Delaware Organ Company, Inc.
Tonawanda, N.Y. (1960s)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 29 stops, 11 ranks



The organ in Holy Spirit Church was built sometime in the 1960s by the Delaware Organ Company. All of the pipes are located in the space behind the altar, while the two-manual stopkey console is located in the choir area to the left.

               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Principal
61
2
  Super Octave
61
8
  Spitzflöte
SW
    Mixture IV ranks
244
8
  Viola
SW
8
  Trumpet
SW
4
  Octave
61
4
  Trumpet
SW
4
  Gedeckt
SW
       

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gedeckt
92
2
  Spitzflöte
8
  Viola
73
1 1/3
  Gedeckt
4
  Spitzflöte
8
  Trumpet
61
4
  Viola
    Tremolo  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
44
4
  Gedeckt
16
  Gedeckt [ext. SW]
12
2
  Octave
GT
8
  Principal
GT
    Mixture IV ranks
GT
8
  Bourdon
16
  Trumpet [ext. SW]
12
8
  Gedeckt
SW
8
  Trumpet
SW
8
  Viola
SW
4
  Trumpet
SW
4
  Octave
GT
       
               
Combination Pistons (Adjustable by Setterboard)
    5 General Pistons (thumb)      
               
Accessories
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Crescendo Indicator Light
    Crescendo Pedal   Current Indicator Light
         
Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 1718 (1919)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals


The first known organ in Holy Spirit Church was built in 1919 by the Estey Organ Company. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.
           
Sources:
     Church of the Holy Spirit web site: http://www.holyspiritchurchbx.org/
     Schmauch, David. Specifications of Delaware organ.
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808–2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.

Illustrations:
     Schmauch, David. Exterior and interior; Delaware organ console.