Queen of All Saints Catholic Church - Brooklyn, NY
 
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Queen of All Saints Church
(Roman Catholic)

300 Vanderbilt Avenue at Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205
http://qasrcc.org/


Organ Specifications:
Present building (since 1913)
IV/45 Wirsching Organ Co. (1913)
First building (1879-1913)
• II/23 E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, Op. 983 (1880)


Interior of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Eagle, 1913)  
The Chapel of St. John was established in 1879. In 1910, the present church and school – renamed Queen of All Saints in 1913 – were built by Reiley & Steinbeck, who used cast stone to create an imposing French Gothic structure. In 1978, the surrounding Fort Greene Historic District was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
           
  Wirsching Organ (1913) in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Steven E. Lawson)
Wirsching Organ Co.
Salem, Ohio (1913)
Electro-pneumatic action
Electrified and new console by Wangerin Organ Co. (1925)
4 manuals, 47 stops, 45 ranks




The organ in the chapel was built in 1913 by Philipp Wirsching of Salem, Ohio. As originally installed, the organ had tubular-pneumatic action and a detached and reversed console. In 1925, the organ was electrified by the Wangerin Organ Company of Milwaukee, Wisc., who provided a new console that faces the organ case. At some point, the organ and console were rebuilt by John Klauder of Brooklyn. Klauder also provided new display pipes in the lower center section of the case following the removal of a bas relief of the pope.

Console of Wirsching Organ (1913) in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (courtesy: Charles Wirsching)   Console of Wirsching Organ (1913) in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Steven E. Lawson)  
Wirsching Console (1913)   Wangerin Console (1925), rev. by Klauder  
The Organ Historical Society awarded its distinguished Historical Citation No. 66 in recognition of the Philipp Wirsching Organ as an outstanding example of organbuilding and worthy of preservation.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, partially enclosed with Choir
16
  Principal Major *
61
4
  Harmonic Flute
61
8
  Principal Normal *
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Principal Minor
61
2
  Super Octave
61
8
  Orchestral Flute
61
8
  Orchestral Trumpet
61
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
61
   
* unenclosed
8
  Violoncello Celeste
61
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Violina
73
8
  Principal
73
2 2/3
  Nazard
61
8
  Stopped Flute
73
    Dolce Cornet III ranks
183
8
  Viola
73
8
  Horn
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
8
  Gemshorn
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
8
  Quintadena
73
    Tremolo  
4
  Flauto Traverso
73
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Contra Viola
61
2
  Piccolo
61
8
  Viole Dolce
61
8
  Clarinet
61
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
49
    Tremolo  
8
  Concert Flute
61
   
Chimes [Mayland]
20 notes
4
  Octave Flute
61
       
               
Solo Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Contra Gamba
61
8
  Tuba Sonora
61
8
  Gross Principal
61
4
  Clarion
61
8
  Gross Flöte
61
    Tremolo  
4
  Orchestral Flute
61
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Principal Normal
32
16
  Principal Major
32
8
  Flute Major
32
16
  Bourdon
32
8
  Violoncello
32
16
  Bourdon Dolce
SW
4
  Principal Normal
12
16
  Violon [sic]
32
16
  Trombone [ext. SO]
12
               
Couplers
    Pedal to Pedal 8'   Solo to Swell 8'
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Solo to Choir 8'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'   Great 16', Unison
    Solo to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell 16', 4', Unison
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4', Unison
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'   Solo 16', 4', Unison
    Solo to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Solo Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 (thumb)
Swell Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 (thumb)
Choir Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 (toe)
General Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb & toe) 7-8-9-10-11-12 (thumb only)
  General Cancel (thumb & toe)
  Set (thumb)
               
Reversibles
    Great to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Solo to Great (thumb & toe)
    Swell to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Great to Choir (thumb)
    Choir to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Swell to Choir (thumb)
    Solo to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Solo to Choir (thumb)
    Swell to Great (thumb & toe)   Sforzando (toe)
    Choir to Great (thumb & toe)    
               
Mechanicals
    Current Indicator Light   Sforzando Indicator Light
    Crescendo Indicator Light   Chimes Volume (Off-1-2-3-4-5)
               
Balanced Expression Pedals
    Great & Choir Organs   Solo Organ
    Swell Organ   Crescendo
           
Organ in first chapel building:

E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings
Boston, Mass. – Opus 983 (1880)
Mechanical action
2 manuals, 23 registers


Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
           
Sources:
     Dolkart, Andrew S. and Matthew A. Postal. Guide to New York City Landmarks (Third Edition). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004.
     Klauder, John. Specifications of Philipp Wirsching organ with console revisions.
     Organ Historical Society web site: http://www.organsociety.org
     Trupiano, Larry. Specifications of Philipp Wirsching organ (1913).
     Van Pelt, William T., comp. The Hook Opus List, 1829-1916 in Facsimile. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 1991.
     Webber, F.R. "Organ scrapbook" at Organ Historical Society Archives, Princeton, N.J. Stoplist of Philipp Wirsching Organ (1913) from The Diapason (Mar. 1, 1920). Courtesy Jonathan Bowen.

Illustrations:
     Forgotten-NY web site http://www.forgotten-ny.com. Color exterior.
     Lawson, Steven E. Interior; Wangerin console (1925) of Wirsching organ.
     Wirsching, Charles. Original console of Wirsching organ (1913). Courtesy Larry Trupiano.