Walker Memorial Baptist Church - Bronx, NY
 
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Walker Memorial Baptist Church

120 East 169th Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10452
http://www.walkermemorialbaptistchurch.com/


Organ Specifications:
120 East 169th Street, Bronx (since 1975)
• unknown
37-43 West 116th Street, Manhattan (1945-1975)
II/9 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 5953 (1931) – moved (1945)
39-41 East 132nd Street (?-1945)
II/9 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 5953 (1931)


Walker Memorial Baptist Church was organized in 1891 as Mount Gilead Baptist Church, the first black Baptist church in Harlem, by the Rev. Benjamin H. Walker. The church's first services were held over a stable at 104 East 126th Street, and as the congregation grew in numbers they moved to a series of progressively larger renovated homes in Harlem. Rev. Walker served as pastor for thirteen years, until 1904, and in September 1916 the church was renamed Walker Memorial in his honor. From 1945 to 1975, the congregation met at 37-43 West 116th Street, occupying the former Cooper Junior High School that had been built in 1903 for the Columbia Typewriter Company. In 1975, the congregation moved to their present home in the Bronx when they purchased the former Sephardic Jewish Center on East 169th Street near the Grand Concourse.
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 5953 (1931)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 15 stops, 9 ranks


This organ was built in 1931 for the church building on East 132nd Street in Manhattan. For that installation, Möller provided a two-manual stop-key console and display pipes of gold bronze. The organ was enclosed in one swell box and voiced on 5" wind pressure. In 1945, Möller moved the organ (as job R-214) to the church's new location at 41 West 116th Street.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Flute d'Amour [St. Diap.]
SW
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Oboe
SW
8
  Dulciana
73
   
Chimes
21 notes
8
  Salicional
73
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
73
8
  Dulciana
GT
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
4
  Flute Traverso [Melodia]
GT
8
  Salicional
GT
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
    Tremulant  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes, enclosed
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'          
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Great and Pedal stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Swell and Pedal stops
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal     Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal with Indicator
               
Sources:
     Correspondence (Apr. 2, 1945) from Walker Memorial Baptist Church to M.P. Möller. Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 5953 (1931).
     Walker Memorial Baptist Church web site: http://www.walkermemorialbaptistchurch.com/