Chattanooga, Tennessee

St. Paul's Episcopal Church


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.
   Year:        1945 (contract cancelled)
   Opus:        1079
No. manuals:    3
No. stops:      70
No. ranks:      74
No. pipes:      4,372
 
 
 
                GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
16' Quintaten 61 16' Lieblich Gedeckt 73
8' Principal 61 8' Geigen 73
8' Spitzprincipal 61 8' Rohrflöte 73 8' Bourdon (metal) 61 8' Viole de Gambe 73 4' Octave 61 8' Viole Celeste 73 4' Rohrflöte 61 8' Echo Salicional 73 2 2/3' Quint 61 8' Voix Celeste 73 2' Super Octave 61 4' Octave Geigen 73 IV Fourniture 244 4' Flauto Traverso 73 III Cymbel 183 2' Octavin 61 Chimes (in CH box) 25 tubes III Cornet 183 VI Plein Jeu 366 CHOIR ORGAN 16' Bombarde 73 8' Viola 73 8' Trompette 73 8' Viola Celeste 73 8' Hautbois 73 8' Flute Triangulaire 73 8' Vox Humana 73 8' Aeoline 73 4' Clairon 73 4' Gemshorn 73 Tremolo III Plein Jeu 183 16' Fagot 73 PEDAL ORGAN 8' Krummhorn 73 16' Principal 32 4' Rohrschalmei 73 16' Gemshorn 32 Tremolo 16' Quintaten GT 16' Libelich Gedeckt SW POSITIV (floating) 8' Principal 32 8' Cor de Nuit 61 8' Gedeckt Pommer 32 4' Koppelflöte 61 8' Quintaten GT 2 2/3' Nazard 61 8' Gemshorn 12 2' Italian Principal 61 8' Viole de Gambe SW 1 3/5' Tierce 61 4' Choral Bass 32 1 1/3' Larigot 61 4' Nachthorn 32 III Zimbel 183 2' Blockflöte 32 IV Fourniture 128 TOWER ROOM 16' Bombarde 32 8' Diapason 49 16' Fagot CH (GG to G, playable 8' Trompette 32 from GT and CH organs) 8' Krummhorn CH 4' Clairon 32 4' Rohrschalmei CH Chimes GT


Source: Contract and specifications provided by Paul Reynolds, organist/choirmaster of church, from church records.

The price of the organ was to be $36,000. The contract specified "the old metal pipes from the present organ to become the property of the Builder." The contract was signed by G. Donald Harrison for the company and witnessed by Mary G. McGaffigan and Mary L. Baker. A ten-percent deposit check was mailed to Aeolian-Skinner on February 13, 1946.

The widely believed reason for the cancellation of the contract was a dispute between the company and the organist about the design of the organ. The organist had come after the contract was signed and wanted to make changes (one would hope to the Pedal 16' flues). GDH said no and the contract was cancelled. He then went to Möller, who was hesitant to built an organ to the revised stoplist. Ray Bradberry, the ever-practical area Möller sales rep, told the head office that the St. Paul's organist was going to get a company somewhere to build what he wanted, and it might as well be Möller. They sighed and agreed. A large three-manual Moller of 54 ranks was installed in 1950. It was quite a successful installation, with Pedal 16' flues that the Aeolian-Skinner stoplist lacked. The Möller organ was replaced in 1984 by a 4/95 Casavant and moved to Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Texas.

Organ Historical Society Database: https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=33950