Concord Baptist Church of Christ - Brooklyn, NY
Concord Baptist Church of Christ

833 Gardner C. Taylor (Marcy) Avenue at Putnam Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216
www.concordcares.org


Organ Specifications:
833 Gardner C. Taylor (Marcy) Avenue at Putnam Avenue
Present building (since c.1954)
IV/56 Austin Organs Inc., Op. 2388 (1962, 1974)
First building (1888-burned 1952) – orig. Marcy Ave. Baptist
III/28 Estey Organ Company, Op. 2376 (1925)
• III/ Reuben Midmer & Sons (<1917); enl. 1888 organ
• II/ Reuben Midmer & Sons (1888)
• George Jardine & Son (1888) – possibly Sunday School
165 Duffield Street at Myrtle Avenue
• unknown


Concord Baptist Church of Christ on Duffield Street- Brooklyn, N.Y.  
165 Duffield Street
 
The Concord Baptist Church of Christ was founded in 1863. An early church building was located at 165 Duffield Street at Myrtle Avenue.

  Marcy Avenue Baptist Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Eagle Postcard)
 
Marcy Avenue Baptist Church
Sometime in the 1920s, Concord Baptist acquired the former Marcy Avenue Baptist Church on Marcy Avenue between Putnam Avenue and Madison Street. Built in 1888, the Romanesque church and 200-foot-tall steeple were faced in brick laid with red mortar and trimmed with terra cotta. Adjacent to the 1,500-seat auditorium was a building containing a lecture room, parlour, library, nursery and kitchen on the ground floor, with Sunday School facilities for 2,000 on the floor above. Fire destroyed this building in October 1952.

Concord Baptist Church was rebuilt following the fire, and the present brick building was opened c.1954.
           
  Concord Baptist Church of Christ - Brooklyn, NY
   
Austin Organs Inc.
Hartford, Conn. – Opus 2388 (1963)
Electro-pneumatic action
4 manuals, 61 stops, 56 ranks


The organ in Concord Baptist was built in 1963 by Austin Organs Inc. of Hartford. Dr. Robert S. Baker served as consultant for the specifications. Austin installed the organ in two spacious chambers at the front of the church on either side of the central platform. The console and choir are in the left front of the side balcony. An Antiphonal division was added in 1974.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Spitzprincipal
61
  Fourniture IV ranks
244
8
  Principal
61
 
Chimes
21 tubes
8
  Bourdon
61
  Great to Great 16, Unison Off, 4
4
  Octave
61
  Swell to Great 16, 8, 4
4
  Nachthorn
61
  Choir to Great 16, 8, 4
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
61
  Solo to Great 16, 8, 4
2
  Super Octave
61
     

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Gedeckt
68
2
  Plein Jeu III ranks
183
8
  Geigen
68
16
  Fagotto
80
8
  Hohlflöte
68
8
  Trompette
68
8
  Viol de Gambe
68
8
  Fagotto [ext.]
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
56
4
  Clairon
68
4
  Principal
68
  Tremolo
4
  Rohrgedeckt [ext. 16']
24
    Swell to Swell 16, Unison Off, 4
2 2/3
  Nasat
61
    Choir to Swell 16, 8, 4
2
  Blockflöte
61
       

     

     
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Erzahler *
80
8
  Krummhorn
68
8
  Nason Flute
68
  Tremolo
8
  Erzähler
 
Harp
preparation
8
  Erzähler Celeste [TC]
56
  Choir to Choir 16, Unison Off, 4
4
  Prestant
68
  Swell to Choir 16, 8, 4
4
  Koppelflöte
68
  Solo to Choir 8, 4
2
  Octavin
61
  Great to Choir 8
1 1/3
  Larigot
61
8
  Trompette en Chamade
ANT
  Sesquialtera II ranks
122
 
* Haskell basses
               
Solo Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violoncello
68
8
  Trompette Harmonique
80
8
  Cello Celeste
68
4
  Clairon Harmonique [from 8']
8
  Orchestral Flute
68
    Tremolo  
8
  English Horn
68
       
               
Antiphonal Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes [added 1974]
8
  Montre
61
    Fourniture IV ranks
244
4
  Prestant
61
8
  Trompette en Chamade
61
2
  Doublette
61
       

     

     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Contra Bourdon [unit]
56
  Mixture III ranks
96
16
  Contrabass
32
32
  Contre Bombarde [ext.]
12
16
  Spitzprincipal
GT
16
  Bombarde [ext. SO Tr. Harm.]
12
16
  Bourdon
16
  Fagotto
SW
16
  Gedeckt
SW
8
  Trompette
SO
16
  Erzähler
CH
4
  Krummhorn
CH
8
  Octave
32
  Great to Pedal 8
8
  Spitzprincipal
GT
  Swell to Pedal 8, 4
8
  Bourdon
  Choir to Pedal 8, 4
4
  Choral Bass
32
  Solo to Pedal 8, 4
4
  Spitzflöte
32
     
           
  Estey Organ, Op. 2376 (1925) in Concord Baptist Church - Brooklyn, NY
Organ in first building at present address:

Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 2376 (1925)
Electro-pneumatic key action
3 manuals, 30 stops, 28 ranks



The Shop Order for the Estey Organ Company's Op. 2376 states that the organ for Concord Baptist Church was voiced on 6" wind pressure and had a three-manual Electric Luminous console with celluloid keys. Estey provided the case that included 17 bronzed pipes from the Great 1st Open Diapason. The organ was to be installed by August 15, 1925. In 1952, the church and organ were destroyed by fire.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  1st Open Diapason
61
8
  Gemshorn
61
8
  2nd Open Diapason
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
8
  Viol d'Amour
61
8
  Tuba
61
8
  Gross Flute
61
   
Chimes
20 notes

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Flauto Traverso
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Aeoline
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
    Tremolo  
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
       

     

     
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
73
4
  Flute d'Amour
73
8
  Dulciana
73
2
  Piccolo [harmonic]
61
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Quintadena
73
    Tremolo  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Open Diapason [unit]
44
8
  Octave [Open Diap.]
16
  Bourdon [unit]
44
8
  Flauto Dolce [Bourdon]
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [1-12 fr. SW]
20
8
  'Cello
32
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Great 4', Unison Separation
    Choir to Pedal 8'   Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Combination Pistons
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Great & Pedal Stops & Couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5 affecting Swell & Pedal Stops & Couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 affecting Choir & Pedal Stops & Couplers
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting All Stops & Couplers
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Expression Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Choir Expression Pedal   Sforzando Reversible
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal    
           
Organ installed in Marcy Avenue Baptist Church

Reuben Midmer & Sons
Brooklyn, N.Y. (1888)
Mechanical action?
2 manuals, enlarged to 3 manuals (<1917)


The original organ in Marcy Avenue Baptist Church was built in 1888 by Reuben Midmer & Sons, who installed it in a rear corner of the balcony. Sometime before 1917, the organ was rebuilt and enlarged to three manuals by Reuben Midmer & Sons. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
           
Organ installed in Marcy Avenue Baptist Church

George Jardine & Son
New York City (1888)
Unknown action


This organ may have been installed in the Sunday School room of Marcy Avenue Baptist Church. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
           
Sources:
     Armitage, Thomas. History of the Young People's Baptist Union of Brooklyn. 1877-1889. New York: T.R. Jones, 1890: pp.296-297.
     Carnahan, John. Factory Shop Order for Estey Organ, Op. 2376 (1925).
     "Ceremonies in the Marcy Avenue Baptist Church," Brooklyn Eagle (Oct. 1, 1888).
     Concord Baptist Church of Christ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ConcordCares
     Concord Baptist Church of Christ web site: http://www.concordcares.org/
     "Description of the New Marcy Avenue Baptist Church," Brooklyn Eagle (Sept. 26, 1888).
     The Diapason (June 1962). Stoplist of Austin organ, Op. 2388 (1963). Courtesy Jeff Scofield.
      The Estey Pipe Organ web site: www.esteyorgan.com
     Glück, Sebastian. Specifications of Austin organ, Op. 2388 (1963).
     "The Marcy Avenue Baptist Church. Description of the Edifice and Sketch of the Society," Brooklyn Eagle (May 16, 1887).
     "The Marcy Avenue Baptists Take Leave of Their Old Quarters," Brooklyn Eagle (Sept. 24, 1888).
     Ochse, Orpha. Austin Organs. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 2001.

Illustrations:
     Concord Baptist Church of Christ Facebook page. Interior.
     Concord Baptist Church of Christ web site.
     Estey Organ Company. Interior showing Estey Organ, Op. 2376 (1925). Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     Armitage, Thomas. History of the Young People's Baptist Union of Brooklyn. 1877-1889. Duffield Street Church.