DIYAPASON-L Digest #305 - Friday, April 20, 2001
 
Roosevelt residence organ, opus 34
  by "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com>
Residence Organ Architecture
  by "Peter Schmuckal" <peter@schmuckal.com>
Re:   Residence Organ Architecture
  by "Bob Loesch" <rrloesch@jps.net>
 

(back) Subject: Roosevelt residence organ, opus 34 From: "Larry Chace" <rlc1@etnainstruments.com> Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 09:36:00 -0400   Some time ago, someone mentioned owning a Roosevelt residence organ. While =   reviewing some notes recently I came across a description from Cullie Mowers of an interesting Roosevelt residence organ now in a chapel. I'll try to quote exactly from his write-up:   ---------------------- ST. JOSEPH'S CHAPEL, Lake Delaware Boys' Camp, Lake Delaware, NY Hilborne L. Roosevelt 1877/1886 3/23 Opus 34   The organ was built as a 2-manual for the Lake Delaware residence of the Gerry family. It was enlarged to a three-manual in 1886, almost certainly =   by the addition of the Choir division. It was moved to the newly constructed chapel of the boys' camp in 1913. The camp occupies a portion =   of the Gerrys' very large estate. The organ is still hand- pumped and is lovingly maintained. During the camping season, the organist of the = chapel is Charles Dodsley Walker. The console is typical HLR, with stopknobs in four terraces. The organ sounds like a scaled-down version of the same specification built for a larger room. The voicing problems have been superbly solved, and even the softest ranks are clear and rich. The = wooden chapel, which seats about 75, is an excellent environment for the organ.   GREAT ORGAN (58 notes) 1. 8' Open Diapason (CC to middle c in front) 2. 8' Unison Bass (12) 3. 8' Dopple Flute (TC) 4. 8' Gamba (TC) 5. 8' Dulciana (TC) 6. 4' Principal 7. 3' Twelfth 8. 2' Fifteenth   SWELL ORGAN (58 notes) 9. 8' Gemshorn (shares bass with St. Diap.) 10. 8' Dolce 11. 8' Stop. Diapason 12. 4' Flauto Traverso 13. 8' Oboe (TC)   CHOIR ORGAN (58 notes) 14. 8' Concert Flute (shares stopped bass with Spitz) 15. 8' Spitz Floete 16. 4' Flute d' Amore 17. 4' Fugara 18. 2' Piccolo 19. 16' Euphone (free reed) 20. 8' Clarinet 21. 8' Cornopean (TC) 22. 8' Vox Humana   PEDAL ORGAN (30 notes) 23. 16' Bourdon 24. 8' Violoncello   On-or-Offs below Great manual: Great to Pedal Swell to Great Choir to Great   On-or-Offs below Swell manual: Swell to Pedal Swell Octaves Swell Tremolo   On-or-Offs below Choir manual: Choir to Pedal Swell to Choir Choir Tremolo   STOP-KNOB LAYOUT 10 13 11 1 5 3 12 9 22 4 2 8 18 17 16 6 7 19 20 23 24 21 14 15 ----------------------   There is also a photocopy of a picture of the console: very ornate carved wood with an arched array of 19 Open Diapason pipes right above the music rack (with FF# and GG at the sides and middle C in the middle). The = bottom 6 Diapasons stand to each side, 3 per tower. The organ does not have an electric blower.   This may be the oldest extant 3-manual Roosevelt tracker.   Larry Chace (originally posted to PIPORG-L on Sun, 7 Feb 1993)    
(back) Subject: Residence Organ Architecture From: "Peter Schmuckal" <peter@schmuckal.com> Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 17:59:45 -0700   Hello all,   Like many people on this list, I have been thinking about installing a residence organ and have been collecting materials for several years now (the garage is now quite overflowing with pipe crates, etc...)   FWIW, I'm interesting primarily in a classical style, psuedo romantic, non-tracker, build-it-yourselfer style organ in the range of a II/5 to II/10.   But the process has come to a head as we have hired an architect to help = us remodel our small house and add a second story. As part of the remodel, I want to be sure my future residence organ is accommodated in a reasonable way.   As part of the remodel, we will make the modest sized living room = (16'x19') fully double story with 18' ceilings. I then am converting an adjacent bedroom into the pipe chamber which will speak into the living room though = a small alcove that will hold the piano.   But as a result of raising the roof, we will have an 8' wide by 11' tall open wall space above the fireplace in the living room which appears to be begging to be filled with pipes, or a pipe display of some sort. I wasn't originally considering exposed pipes since it's a fairly small room and I don't want anything too overpowering either visually or aurally, but it's too tempting to use that wall space. My limitations are: - Want something that looks simple and nice. Don't want exposed pipes to dominate the room. - Limited in depth to about 2'. Don't want to cantilever a full division from the wall. - Don't currently have any decent display-able pipes, but would be willing to purchase if necessary. - Casework might be an option, but it would have to be simple. - Would like pipes to be functional and integrate with rest of organ - Wall space is on an external wall above a fireplace with the chimney behind it. Do I have to worry about melting pipes?   For more detail, you can see some renderings of the space at my ftp site: ftp://ftp.scruznet.com/users/peters/public/   I've searched and searched many web sites that deal with residence organs, but could find no examples that seemed relevant to my situation. Pictures that I could find tend to fall into the catagories of: - Theatre Organs - Small, boutique tracker organs - Huge estate organs - Random common pipe ranks scattered around someone's rec room.   Any decent pictures of residence organs that might fit my requirements out there?   Thanks,   - Peter Schmuckal      
(back) Subject: Re: Residence Organ Architecture From: "Bob Loesch" <rrloesch@jps.net> Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 20:04:42 -0700   At 05:59 PM 4/20/01 -0700, Peter Schmuckal wrote: >FWIW, I'm interesting primarily in a classical style, psuedo romantic, >non-tracker, build-it-yourselfer style organ in the range of a II/5 to >II/10.   Good size! Hope you can do it!   >...it's a fairly small room and I >don't want anything too overpowering either visually or aurally, but it's >too tempting to use that wall space. My limitations are: [SNIP]   What about a dulciana chorus, or other small principal stops? They can be voiced softly, but still with decent harmonic developement.   >Do I have to worry about melting pipes?   Before that happened, you'd have smouldering walls...   >I've searched and searched many web sites that deal with residence = organs, >but could find no examples that seemed relevant to my situation. = Pictures >that I could find tend to fall into the catagories of: >- Theatre Organs   Actually, that might be a good place to start, as there isn't much = physical difference between a small electropneumatic theatre organ and a small electropneumatic concert organ, if you eliminate the extremes of voicing and percussions.   Good luck with your project!       Regards, Bob, in beautiful Lake County, California, USA NAWCC 140818 http://www.jps.net/rrloesch alternate mailto:cuckoobob@eudoramail.com