Residence of Dr. George Emerson Brewer - New York City
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Dr. George E. Brewer Residence

16 East 64th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021

Dr. George Emerson Brewer  
George Emerson Brewer, AM, MD, LLD, was born in Westfield, N.Y., on July 28, 1861, the son of Francis B. Brewer, a well-known physician, and the former Susan H. Rood. Mr. Brewer graduated from Hamilton College in 1881, and studied medicine at the University of Buffalo before transferring to the College of Medicine at Harvard University, where he graduated in 1885. Two years later, in 1887, he came to New York City where he practiced, except during World War I, until his retirement in 1927. In 1887, he also began teaching at the College of Physicians, Columbia University, where he remained for 30 years. Dr. Brewer was a consulting surgeon for many hospitals in New York and New Jersey and was a recognized authority on cancer. He was one of the founders of the Society of Clinical Surgery and its first president, and was also the president of the American Surgical Association.

In 1920, Dr. Brewer had a narrow brush with death when an escaped lunatic with issues about religion and the League of Nations reacted violently to a sermon given by the rector of St. George's Episcopal Church on Stuyvesant Square. After the sermon, as the vestrymen walked down the aisles to pass the collection plates, the fugitive stood up in his pew on the south aisle and shot Dr. James W. Markoe, a vestryman and friend of Dr. Brewer. As the organist continued to play the offertory anthem, the gunman fired more shots until he was grappled by the sexton, Dr. Brewer and J. Morgan Jones. The assailant broke free and ran into the street and Stuyvesant Park, but was persued and caught by several churchmen. While being held so tightly that he could not reach his gun, the lunatic managed to pull the trigger inside his coat pocket, causing a flesh wound to Dr. Brewer's leg. Sadly, Dr. Markoe died at the hospital.

Dr. Brewer married Miss Effie Leighton Brown of Chester, Pa., in 1893, and the couple had two sons. At some point, the Brewers moved to 16 East 64th Street, a 20-foot-wide townhouse built in 1878-79. Mrs. Brewer died in Bermuda in 1925, and Dr. Brewer died on December 24, 1939, at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 1293 (1914)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 9 stops, 9 ranks

The Estey Organ installed in Dr. Brewer's residence had a case of birch painted white, and a two-manual mahogany console that was attached on the Swell side. Two actions were used: pneumatic for the Swell, and electric for the Great and Pedal. The wind pressure was 4".
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
  Flute Harmonic
  Voix Celeste [TC]
  Oboe [TC]
  Stopped Diapason
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
    Great to Pedal       Great Unison Separation
    Swell to Pedal       Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'          
    Swell Expression Pedal    
    Great to Pedal Reversible    
     Carnahan, John. Factory Shop Order for Estey Organ, Op. 1293 (1914).
     The Estey Pipe Organ web site:
     "G. E. Brewer Dead; Famous Surgeon," The New York Times (Dec. 25, 1939).
     "Lunatic Kills Dr. James W. Markoe At Service In St. George's Church; Wounds Dr. G. E. Brewer and J. M. Jones," The New York Times (Apr. 19, 1920).
     "Miracles on 64th! Two $20 M. Deals," The New York Observer (Oct. 23, 2005).
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.

     Clendening Library Portrait Collection:
     "Miracles on 64th! Two $20 M. Deals," The New York Observer (Oct. 23, 2005). Exterior (credit: Anna Del Gaizo).