St. Bartholomew's Swedish Mission - New York City
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Sawyer Memorial Universalist Church

121 East 127th Street at Lexington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10035

Organ Specifications:
121 East 127th Street at Lexington Avenue
Second building (1879-1889)
I/5 Hilborne L. Roosevelt, Op. 82 (1884) – rental organ
First building (1869-1879)
• unknown
Oliver Street (c.1862-1869)
• I/5 Geo. Jardine & Son (<1869)
97 Orchard Street (1832-c.1862)
• unknown

The Second Universalist Society was organized early in the 19th century, and in 1832 acquired the Reformed Dutch Church at 97 Orchard Street. This church was torn down three decades later, and the society was in Oliver Street for a few years. Following the Civil War, the congregation moved in 1869 to Harlem where they met in a building on East 127th Street at the corner of Lexington Avenue. A new stone church was erected in 1879. At some point, the society merged or disbanded, and in 1889 the property became the Swedish Mission Chapel of St. Bartholomew's Church.
Hilborne L. Roosevelt
New York City – Opus 82 (1884)
Mechanical action
1 manual, 5 stops, 5 ranks

This organ, one of four identical rental organs (Op. 81-84) built in 1884 by the Roosevelt Organ Works, was originally rented by the Second (Sawyer Memorial) Universalist Church. In 1889, the building became the Swedish Mission Chapel of St. Bartholomew's Church. The organ was later moved to a Roman Catholic Church in Highland, N.Y., and was later owned by F.R. Webber.

The following specification was recorded by F.R. Webber in one of his "Organ Scrapbooks," now in the collection of The Organ Historical Society Archives in Princeton, N.J. Webber wrote:
"The church was on E. 126th [sic] St., near Lexington ave. The organ was moved to a R.C. church in Highland, N.Y. Later owned by F.R.W. [Frederick R. Webber]

232 pipes. 7'11" x 3'4" x c.12
Style 6 in the H.L.R. book.
Manual – 58 notes, enclosed
  Open Diapason
  Rohr flöte
  Dulciana [grooved to #2]
Pedal – 13 notes
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Roosevelt Opus List, compiled by Sand Lawn; courtesy David C. Scribner.
     Webber, F.R. "Organ scrapbook" at Organ Historical Society Archives, Princeton, N.J. Specifications of Hilborne L. Roosevelt organ, Op. 82 (1884). Courtesy Jonathan Bowen.

     The Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives. Exterior.