John Murray Mitchell Residence - New York City
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John Murray Mitchell Residence

9 East 67th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021


The Hon. John Murray Mitchell (1858-1905) was born in New York City on March 18, 1858, and died at Tuxedo Park, N.Y., on May 31, 1905. He was the son of William Mitchell, Chief Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. At the age of 19, Mitchell graduated from Columbia College, and was valedictorian of his class. After graduation, he spent two years at the Columbia Law School, then made an extended European tour. Upon returning, he service as a clerk in his father's law office. In 1889, he formed a partnership with his two brothers, and in 1894 became a partner with the firm of John R. and Benjamin F. Dos Passos.

John Murray Mitchell (1858-1905)  
John Mitchell is best remembered for successfully taking on Tammany Hall (the corrupt political machine that controlled New York politics) in the Eighth Congressional District. From this district he was elected twice to Congress, first in 1894 and again two years later. In 1896, Mitchell was married to Miss Lillian Talmage, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John F. Talmage of Brooklyn. He owned the yacht Bedouin, built several electric railways, and owned coal mines in Pennsylvania. In 1905, Mitchell moved to his country residence, "Craghurst", recently built for $500,000 on the west shore of Tuxedo Lake, where he died of cancer a few weeks later at the age of 47.

The John Murray Mitchell residence at 9 East 67th Street was built in 1888 for the prosperous cotton merchant Charles C. Stillman. Thom & Wilson designed the six-story limestone mansion in the Craftsman style, with a grand central stairwell with intricate wood lattice work and carvings, leaded and stained glass windows, a wooden coffered ceiling in the dining room, and 14-foot ceilings. The mansion is twenty-five feet wide, distinguishing it from the twenty-foot brownstones that were being built at the same time by New York City developers. In the 1950s the building was divided into 13 apartments, but the 13,137 square-foot house house has since been restored to its original grandeur as a single-family residence.
           
Aeolian Company
New York City – Opus 876 (1899)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 10 stops, 10 ranks


The Contract (June 12, 1899) states that this organ would be located at one side of the hall, occupying a depth of 3'6", width of 10' and necesary height, while the keyboards and Aeolian Console would be placed along the opposite wall. The bellows would be located in the cellar, arranged for the attachment of an electric motor. Aeolian indicated this organ was to be set up complete on or before September 18, 1899. The purchase price for the organ was $4,000, payable in cash.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 58 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
58
8
  Grosse Flute
58
8
  Dolcissimo
58
4
  Flute d'Amour
58
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 58 notes, enclosed
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
58
4
  Violin
58
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
46
8
  Corno di Bassetto
58
8
  Rohr Flöte
58
       

     

     
Pedal Organ – 27 notes
16
  Contra Bass
27
       
               
Couplers
    Swell to Great       Swell to Pedal  
    Swell to Great Octaves       Great to Pedal  
               
Accessories
    Tremulant     Great Organ Piano Comb. Piston
    Great Organ to Aeolian     Great Organ Forte Comb. Piston
    Swell Organ to Aeolian     Swell Organ Piano Comb. Piston
    Pedal Organ to Aeolian     Swell Organ Mezzo Comb. Piston
    Aeolian Tempo     Swell Organ Forte Comb. Piston
    Aeolian Return      
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal    
    Balanced Great and Swell Pedal    
           
Sources:
     American Hospital of Paris Foundation web site: www.ahpf.org.
     "John Murray Mitchell Dead," The New York Times (June 1, 1905).
     King, Moses. Notable New Yorkers of 1896-1899: A Companion Volume to King's Handbook of New York City. New York: Bartlett & Company, 1899.
     "Mitchell-Talmage," Brooklyn Eagle (Apr. 16, 1896).
     Smith, Rollin. The Aeolian Pipe Organ and its Music. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 1998.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications (June 12, 1899) of Aeolian Organ, Op. 876.

Illustrations:
     Corcoran Group web site. Exterior.
     King, Moses. Notable New Yorkers of 1896-1899: A Companion Volume to King's Handbook of New York City: Portrait of John Murray Mitchell.