Pfeiffer Chapel - Methodist Home for the Aged - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Albert Jensen-Moulton)
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Methodist Church Home for the Aged

4499 Manhattan College Parkway
Bronx, N.Y. 10471
www.methodisthome4aged.com


Organ Specifications:
4499 Manhattan College Parkway (since 1929)
II/12 Hillgreen, Lane & Company, Op. 953 (1929)
225 West 42nd Street – Manhattan (1860-1929)
• unknown if any
16 Horatio Street – Manhattan (1850-1860)
• unknown if any


The Methodist Episcopal Church Home for the Aged was established in 1850, opening in a rented house at 16 Horatio Street in Manhattan. Ten years later, in 1860, the society erected its own building at 225 West Forty-second Street. By the late 1920s, the Times Square area had become the new theatre district, and the decision was made to relocate the Home to the Bronx. A site was purchased in Riverdale, at 4499 Spuytin Duyvil Parkway (now called Manhattan College Parkway), and Julius Gregory was hired to design the new facility. Included in the project was Pfeiffer Chapel, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pfeiffer in memory of their parents. On December 15, 1929, the building and chapel were dedicated by Bishop Francis J. McConnell.
            
  Hillgreen, Lane & Co. organ, Op. 953 (1929) in the Methodist Home for the Aged - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Albert Jensen-Moulton)
Hillgreen, Lane & Company
Alliance, Ohio – Opus 953 (1929)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 22 stops, 12 ranks





On June 1, 1929, a contract was signed with Hillgreen, Lane & Company to build a two-manual organ for the chapel of the Methodist Episcopal Church Home for the Aged. The organ was to be ready on or about September 15, 1929, and would cost $5,000. Payment was not to be made until the organ was completely installed and accepted by the architect, but not before November 15, 1929 — a date only two weeks after the stock market crashed.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" pressure)
8
  Diapason
73
4
  Hohl Floete
73
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Melodia
73
       

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" pressure)
16
  Sub Dolce
97
4
  Harmonic Flute
73
8
  Salicional
73
4
  Dolcette
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
2 2/3
  Quint Dolce
8
  Dolce
2
  Super Dolce
8
  Dolce Celeste [no pipes]
  Dolce Mixture III ranks
8
  Stopped Flute
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (5" pressure)
32
  Contra Dolce Resultant
derived
8
  Octave Bourdon
16
  Bourdon
44
8
  Octave Dolce
SW
16
  Dolce Bass
SW
   
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8'       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'          
               
Combinations
    3 pistons to Pedal, placed at left under Great Keys
    4 pistons to Great, placed under Great Keys
    6 pistons to Swell, placed under Swell Keys
    4 pistons to General, placed over Swell Keys, affecting all stops and couplers
               
Accessories
    Tremolo to Great   Wind Indicator
    Tremolo to Swell   Crescendo Indicator
    Coupler Cancel   Sforzando Indicator
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible    
    Great Expression    
    Swell Expression    
  Crescendo    
  Sforzando          
           
Sources:
     "Home For The Aged Is A Centenarian," The New York Times, November 14, 1950.
     "Home Marks 100th Year," The New York Times, November 20, 1950.
     "Topics of Interest to the Churchgoer. Pfeiffer Chapel to Be Dedicated Tomorrow," The New York Times, December 14, 1929.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of Hillgren, Lane & Company Organ, Op. 953 (1929).

Illustrations:
     Jensen-Moulton, Albert. Chapel interior; console of Hillgreen, Lane & Co. organ, Op. 953 (1929).
           
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