St. Thomas Lutheran Church - Bronx, NY
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St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church

222 East 178th Street
Bronx, New York 10457

Organ Specifications:
222 East 178th Street (1924-2012)
II/3 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 6473 (1936)
II/8 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 3982 (1924)
Topping Avenue at 175th Street (1912-1924)
• unknown
Clay Avenue near East 175th Street (1908-1912)
• unknown


St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized with 18 charter members in January 1908 by the Rev. Frederick J. Baum. Services were held on Clay Avenue, near East 175th Street, until 1912 when the society acquired the former Christ Congregational Church, located nearby on Topping Avenue and 175th Street. In 1924, the congregation moved to 222 East 178th Street. Services were held in the basement but the planned upper church was never realized. The congregation disbanded in 2012.
 
  M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 6473 (1936) in St. Thomas Lutheran Church - Bronx, NY (photo: Dave Schmauch)
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 6473 (1936)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 19 registers, 3 stops, 3 ranks



This organ, known as an "Artiste" model, was built in 1936 by M.P. Möller for the Johnson Methodist Church in Philadelphia. The unified organ is entirely enclosed in one swell box. Sometime after the late 1990s, this organ was acquired by St. Thomas Lutheran to replace the church's 1924 Möller organ, Op. 3982. Following the closure of the church in 2012, this organ was moved to St. Jacobus Lutheran Church in Woodside, Queens.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
Diapason Conique  
2 2/3
Quint  
8
Lieblich Gedeckt  
2
Super Octave  
8
Salicional     Swell to Great  
4
Octave Conique        
       
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
Lieblich Gedeckt  
2 2/3
Nazard  
8
Salicional  
2
Piccolo  
8
Quintadena (Syn.)  
8
Oboe (Syn.)  
4
Lieblich Flute     Tremolo  
4
Salicet    
 
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
Bourdon  
2 2/3
  Quint  
8
Lieblich Gedeckt  
2
  Super Octave  
4
Octave Conique          
             
Pedal Movements
  Balanced Swell Pedal (mechanical)      
  Crescendo Pedal          
             
Stop Analysis
     
Pipes
8
  Diapason Conique
49
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
73
8
  Salicional
    61
   
Total
183
 
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 3982 (1924)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 14 registers, 8 stops, 8 ranks


This organ did not include Unison Off couplers for the Great or Swell divisions. At some point, Chimes were added to the organ. In the late 1990s the organ was found to be unplayable.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
Open Diapason
73?
4
Flute
SW
8
Dulciana
SW
8
Oboe
SW
8
Stopped Diapason
SW
  Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'  
8
Viol
SW
  Great to Great 16', 4'  
 
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
Gedeckt
73?
4
Flute
73?
8
Dolce
73?
8
Oboe
73?
8
Viol
73?
  Tremulant  
8
Vox Celeste (TC)
61?
  Swell to Swell 16', 4'  
 
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
Bourdon
32
  Swell to Pedal  
16
Lieblich Gedeckt (ext. SW)
12
  Great to Pedal  
   
Sources:
     Haberstroh, Richard. The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, 2000.
     Proceedings of the First Annual Convention of the Synod of New York of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society, 1908:119.
     Schmauch, David. Specification of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 6473 (1936).
     Trupiano, Larry. Specification of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 3982 (1924).

Illustrations:
     Google Street View. Exterior.
     Schmauch, David. M.P. Möller organ, Op. 6473 (1936).