Roman Catholic Church of St. Pius V - Bronx, N.Y.
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Church of St. Pius V
(Roman Catholic)


420 East 145th Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10454






The Roman Catholic parish of St. Pius V was founded in 1906 to serve the heavily Irish Catholic population of the South Bronx. Father Francis M. Fagan, the founding pastor, erected the twin-towered brick Romanesque church on East 145th Street in 1908 and a parochial school in 1912. By 1928 the debt on the church had been paid off, and in 1930 a commercial high school was created.
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 5346 (1928)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 10 stops, 9 ranks


The following specification was provided by Mario Gonzalez, who recalls playing the organ at St. Pius V Church in his youth. Pipecounts are suggested, based on similar Möller organs of that era.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Dulciana
61
8
  Melodia
61
    Blank  
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed

8
  Stopped Diapason
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
8
  Salicional
61
8
  Vox Humana
61
8
  Viole Celeste [TC]
49
  Tremulant  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes

16
  Bourdon
32
       
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [lo-press.]
     
               
Couplers

    Great to Pedal   Great 16', 4'
    Swell to Pedal   Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Pedal Movements

    Balanced Swell Pedal    
    Grand Crescendo Pedal    
               
Sources:
     Gonzalez, Mario. Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 5346 (1928).
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     The Old Neighborhood web site: http://www.ouroldneighborhood.com
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.
     Trupiano, Larry. Stop key engravings list of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 5346 (1928).

Photos:
     The Old Neighborhood web site. Exterior photo (credit: Marie Iovino)
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