Tercera Iglesia Bautista - Bronx, N.Y. (credit: Matthew Kiernan)
 
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Tercera Iglesia Bautista
(Third Spanish Baptist Church)

322 Alexander Avenue at 141st Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10454


Organ Specifications:
• Saville Organ Company electronic
II/25 Hillgreen, Lane & Co. (1901)


Tercera Iglesia Bautista (Third Spanish Baptist Church) purchased the former Alexander Avenue Baptist Church in 1954. Designed by Frank Ward and built from 1901-02, the church and adjoining three-story parsonage are in a modified Romanesque style, and constructed of granite and brick with limestone trimmings. There are two entrances on Alexander Avenue, one being at the base of a square tower set at an angle to the corner. The basement of the church building contains the Sunday school rooms and a ladies' parlor, above which are a Trustees' room and the auditorium with seating for 750. Pews, furnishings and the ceiling are of quartered oak.
         
Saville Organ Company
Chicago, Ill.
Analog tonal production


At an unknown time, the 1901 Hillgeen, Lane pipe organ was replaced with an electronic instrument manufactured by the Saville Organ Company of Chicago. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.
         
Hillgreen, Lane & Company
Alliance, Ohio (1901)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 23 stops, 25 ranks


When Tercera Iglesia Bautista purchased the former Alexander Avenue Baptist Church, the furnishings included the 1901 Hillgreen, Lane & Company organ in the auditorium. Following are the specifications from the Agreement (May 14, 1901) between Hillgreen, Lane and Company, and the Trustees of Alexander Avenue Baptist Church. The fate of this organ is unknown.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Principal
61
8
  Doppelfloete (wood)
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
8
  Gamba (95% pure tin)
61
2
  Fifteenth
61
8
*
Dolcissimo
61
8
  Trumpet
61
8
  Dulciana
61
   
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon Bass (wood)
12
8
*
Vox Celestes
61
16
  Bourdon (wood)
49
4
  Rohrfloete (wood & metal)
61
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Fugara
61
8
  Stopped Diapason (wood)
61
2
  Piccolo
61
8
  Salicional
61
  Dolce Cornet 3 ranks
183
8
  Aeoline
61
8
  Oboe & Bassoon
61
               
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Double Open Diapason (wood)
30
8
  Violincello [sic]
30
16
  Bourdon (wood)
30
   
           
* "Augmented"
Couplers ("Operated by Rocking Tablets placed above the Manuals.")
    Swell to Great   Swell to Pedal
    Swell Superoctave to Great   Great to Pedal
    Swell Suboctaves to Great   Pedal to Pedal Octaves
    Swell to Swell Superoctave   Great Unison
    Swell to Swell Suboctave   Swell Unison
               
Coupler Cancel ("Operated by Pistons placed under their respective Manuals.")
    Great Cancel       Swell Cancel  
               
Mechanicals
    Swell Organ Tremulant   Crescendo Dial
    Bellows Wind Indicator    
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal    
    Grand Crescendo Pedal    
    Great Organ Forte   Swell Organ Forte
    Great Organ Mezzo   Swell Organ Mezzo
    Great Organ Piano   Swell Organ Piano
           
Sources:
     "Religious News and Views: Alexander Avenue Baptist Church to be Dedicated," The New York Times (Feb. 15, 1902).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of Hillgreen, Lane & Company organ (1902).

Illustration:
     New York Big Apple Images (credit: Matthew Kiernan). Exterior (2012). Used by permission.