St. Stephen Episcopal Church - The Bronx, N.Y.
 
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St. Stephen Episcopal Church

439 East 238th Street at Vireo Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10470
http://www.ststephenswoodlawn.org/


Organ Specifications:
II/14 Gress-Miles Organ Co. (1960); rev. A. LaMorte (1975-80)
II/17 Gress-Miles Organ Co. (1960)



The parish of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church was established in 1897 after preliminary meetings were held in the home of a Mrs. Hatch. A meeting place was secured and the first service was held in a store front on Webster Avenue in June 1897. In September of that year, a building committee recommended that a site be procured and a new church built. The budget for this venture was $1,400.
             

  Gress-Miles Organ (1960) at St. Stephen Episcopal Church - The Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Tom Fierro)
Gress-Miles Organ Co.
Princeton, N.J. (1960); rev. A. LaMorte (1975-80)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 19 stops, 14 ranks



The 1960 Gress-Miles organ was extensively revised from 1975-80 by A. LaMorte. In 2006, a Peterson relay system was installed by Stanton Daugherty, who provides additional work as funding becomes available.
               
Manual I – 56 notes
8
  Principal [c13]
4
  Flute Oueverte [g8]
49
8
  Rohrfloete
56
  Plein Jeu III ranks
212
8
  Dolce [c13]
44
8
  Krummhorn [a10]
47
4
  Principal
56
   
 
     
 
     
Manual II – 56 notes, enclosed

16
  Bourdon
PED
4
  Wald Flute
56
8
  Gedeckt
56
8
  Hautbois [e17]
40
4
  Prestant [c13]
56
  Tremulant
2 2/3
  Nazard
56
   
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 30 note pedalboard (ranks have 32 notes)

32
  Resultant
4
  Rohrfloete
16
  Gedeckt Bass [unit]
56
8
  Hautbois
Man.II
8
  Gedeckt
4
  Krummhorn
Man.I
               
Couplers

    Manual I to Pedal          
    Manual II to Pedal          
    Manual II to I          
               
Adjustable Combinations

    5 General Pistons (not working)      
  General Cancel  
     
               
Gress-Miles Organ (1960) at St. Stephen Episcopal Church - The Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Tom Fierro)   Gress-Miles Organ (1960) at St. Stephen Episcopal Church - The Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Tom Fierro)

             

Gress-Miles Organ Co.
Princeton, N.J. (1960)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 18 stops, 17 ranks


In 1960, the Gress-Miles Organ Co. built a new two-manual organ in a neo-Baroque style. All of the pipes were contained in a simple case with attached console that was located against the left wall of the chancel. Folding panels that can be manually moved were provided to adjust expression for the Manual II division.
               
Manual I – 56 notes
8
  Rohrfloete
56
4
  Spitzfloete
56
8
  Dolce
56
1
  Mixture III-IV ranks
212
4
  Principal
56
  Zimbelstern
 
     
 
     
Manual II – 56 notes, enclosed

8
  Lieblich Gedeckt
56
1/6
  Zimbel II ranks
112
4
  Spillfloete
56
8
  Krummhorn
56
2
  Principal
56
  Tremulant
1 1/3
  Nasat
56
   
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 30 note pedalboard (ranks have 32 notes)

16
  Gedeckt Bass [unit]
68
16
  Sordun [unit]
56
8
  Rohr Gedeckt
8
  Sordun
4
  Rohrfloete
4
  Sorun
2
  Rohrpfeife
   
               
Couplers

    Manual I to Pedal          
    Manual II to Pedal          
    Manual II to I          
               
Adjustable Combinations

    5 General Pistons          
  General Cancel  
     

               
Sources:
     Fierro, Tom. Specifications of Gress-Miles organ (1960.
     Fierro, Tom. Specifications of Gress-Miles organ (1960; rev. A. LaMorte (1975-80).
     McGill, Patrick J. A History of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Woodlawn, New York, 1897–1972. Pub. by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Woodlawn, Bronx. Courtesy Wayne Kempton, Archivist, Episcopal Diocese of New York.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.

Photos:
     Fierro, Tom. Interior; Gress-Miles organ.