Woolworth Memorial Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Woodlawn Cemetery)
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Woodlawn Cemetery

Webster Avenue & East 233rd Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10470
http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org



Woolworth Memorial Chapel


Woodlawn Cemetery, originally spelled Wood-Lawn, is located at the northern border of the Bronx. In 1863, the Rev. Absalom Peters and the cemetery trustees bought 313 acres (later expanded to 400 acres) of farmland for a rural cemetery which New Yorkers could reach by a special Harlem River Railroad train. The first burial to take place at Wood-Lawn was in 1865, and since then it has become the final resting place of more than 300,000 people. The site combines the natural beauty of the landscape with funerary monuments designed by some of America's most respected sculptors and architects.

Woolworth Memorial Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Samuel H. Gottscho, 1936)  
The Woolworth Memorial Chapel was built in 1935, a gift from Fred and Velma Woolworth. Built of stone, the chapel includes a bell tower. The interior features terrazzo marble floors, and can accomodate 100 persons.
               
  Grill covering expression chamber of Estey Organ, Op. 3062 (1935) in Woolworth Memorial Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Samuel H. Gottscho, 1936)   Estey Organ, Op. 3062 (1935) in Woolworth Memorial Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Samuel H. Gottscho, 1936)
Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 3062 (1935)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 16 stops, 12 ranks


The organ in Woolworth Memorial Chapel was built in 1935 by the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vt. Estey installed the organ in one expression chamber in the chancel and placed the console on a small gallery that ran along one side of the chapel.

The status of this organ is unknown.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (3½" pressure)
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Harmonic Flute
73
8
  Melodia
73
   
Chimes
21 tubes
8
  Dulciana
73
     
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed (3½" pressure)

8
  English Open Diapason
73
4
  Flute d'Amour [ext. St. Diap.]
12
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
2
  Piccolo [St. Diap.]
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
    Tremolo  
8
  Vox Angelica II ranks
134
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (3½" pressure)

16
  Bourdon [unit]
44
8
  Bass Flute
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [ext. SW]
12
8
  Flauto Dolce
SW
               
Couplers

    Great to Pedal 8', 4'       Great 16', 4', Unison Off  
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'       Swell 16', 4', Unison Off  
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'          
               
Combination Pistons

    Pistons No. 1-2 affecting Great stops and couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Swell stops and couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2 affecting Pedal stops and couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting all stops and couplers
               
Pedal Movements

    Balanced Expression Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal   Sforzando
               
Sources:
     Carnahan, John. Factory Shop Order for Estey Organ, Op. 3062 (1935).
     The Estey Pipe Organ web site: www.esteyorgan.com
     Woodlawn Cemetery web site: http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org

Illustrations:
     Gottscho, Samuel H. 1936 photos of chapel interior, chancel and console of Estey Organ, Op. 3062 (1935).
     Woodlawn Cemetery web site: http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org
     
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