St. Angela Merici Catholic Church - The Bronx, NY (Bronx Catholic Blog)
   
  St. Angela Merici Catholic Church - The Bronx, NY (Bronx Catholic Blog)
 
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Church of St. Angela Merici
(Roman Catholic)

917 Morris Avenue at 163rd Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10451
http://www.saintangelamerici.net/



Organ Specifications:
Present building (since 1923):
II/16 Wangerin Organ Co. (1923)
First building (1900-1923):
• unknown



At the very end of the nineteenth century there were a large number of Catholics in the Melrose area of The Bronx. St. Luke's Church was established in 1897, followed by SS. Peter and Paul in 1898. Archbishop Corrigan created a third parish in September 1899, appointing Father Thomas W. Wallace to be its pastor. Lots for the new church were purchased at Morris Place and Helen Street, now known as Morris Avenue and 163rd Street. Since Father Wallace had two sisters who were Ursulines, he had no difficulty deciding on a name for the new parish. The first mass was said in a private house near 158th Street and Morris Avenue. A small wooden building was built on the site of the present church, and the first mass was celebrated there on June 24, 1900. The rectory was located on Morris Avenue between 162nd and 163rd Streets.

The parish school was established in 1907 and was located in the small parish hall on the Grant Avenue side of the church. For many years the school was administered by the Ursuline Nuns of St. Angela's College, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Planning for a larger school and permanent church began in 1920. First to be built, in 1923, was the school that contained twenty-two classrooms, a gymnasium in the basement, and a large auditorium that would serve as a temporary church. However, the proposed church was never built and the school auditorium became the permanent church.
         
Wangerin Organ Co.
Milwaukee, Wisc. (1923)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 20 stops, 16 ranks


The organ in St. Angela Merici Church was built in 1923 by the Wangerin Organ Co. of Milwaukee. At some point the original chests were converted to Direct-Electric action, and a two-manual Austin console was installed. A Peterson relay was installed about 2000. As of 2011 the organ was playable despite a failed Swell reservoir.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Principal
61
    Great 16'
8
  Hohl Flute
61
  Great Unison Off
8
  Dulciana
61
  Great 4'
4
  Octave
61
  Swell to Great 16'
2 2/3
  Twelfth
61
  Swell to Great 8'
2
  Fifteenth
61
    Swell to Great 4'  
   
    Chimes  

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Diapason
61
8
  Vox Humana *
61
8
  Bourdon
61
  Tremolo
8
  Salicional
61
  Swell 16'
8
  Celeste [TC]
49
  Swell Unison Off
4
  Harmonic Flute *
61
    Swell 4'  
8
  Trumpet
61
    Chimes  
       
* on separate chest added in rear of swell box
Pedal Organ – 30 notes (32-note pedalboard)
32
  Resultant
16
  Trombone
30
16
  Bourdon
54
  Swell to Pedal 8'
8
  Principal
42
  Swell to Pedal 4'
8
  Gedeckt
  Great to Pedal 8'
4
  Octave
  Great to Pedal 4'
4
  Flute
   
               
Adjustable Combinations (mechanical)
   
Swell & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
Great & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
Entire Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
 
Register Crescendo Pedal *
 
Sforzando Reversible *
       
* with indicators
           
Sources:
     Bronx Catholic Blog: http://bronxcatholic.blogspot.com/search/label/Saint%20Angela%20Merici
     "Building Fund Bazaar," The New York Times (Oct. 3, 1920).
     The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X, Vol. III. New York: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914.
     Church of St. Angela Merici web site: http://www.saintangelamerici.net/
     Kloda, Barry. Specifications of Wangerin Organ (1923).
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808–2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.

Illustrations:
     Bronx Catholic Blog. Front and Rear exteriors.