Shrine Church of St. Bernadette - Brooklyn, NY
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The Shrine Church of St. Bernadette
(Roman Catholic)

8201 13th Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11228
www.shrinechurchofstbernadette.com


Organ Specifications:
II/16 Peragallo Pipe Organ Company, Op. 507 (1984)
• II/ W.W. Kimball Co. (1938)



In a letter dated June 24, 1935, Bishop Thomas E. Molloy appointed Rev. Francis P. Barilla the pastor of a new mission church located in Dyker Heights, namely the Shrine Church of St. Bernadette. The next day, Fr. Barilla came upon an undeveloped plot of land on 82nd Street and 13th Avenue. This area appealed to him as an ideal spot since there could eventually be erected not only a church, but a school, convent, and rectory as well. Fr. Barilla then approached Mr. Collyer and purchased the property. He then rented the property at 8218 13th Avenue, a store front, for $30.00 a month in order to construct a temporary chapel for the celebration of Mass. Until the Chapel was ready, Mass was celebrated at the Archbishop John Hughes Knights of Columbus Council. The parish grew rapidly, and the number of masses celebrated grew from one to four in just four short weeks.

Shrine Church of St. Bernadette - Brooklyn, NY  
On August 14, 1935, the newly formed Parish Club held a Block Party, raising nearly $2,500 towards the building of the new Shrine Church. The ground breaking ceremony for the church was held on Sunday, March 29, 1936, and in October, 1936, the cornerstone of the church was laid. A relic of St. Bernadette was placed beneath the altar. St. Bernadette School was opened in September 1953.
             
Peragallo Pipe Organ Company
Paterson, N.J. – Opus 507 (1984)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 25 stops, ~16 ranks


In 1984, the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company rebuilt and enlarged the 1938 W.W. Kimball Organ.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Principal  
2 2/3
  Spitz Quinte  
8
  Flauto Lontano  
2
  Doublette  
8
  Dolce       [Blank tablet]  
8
  Dolce Celeste  
8
  Trompette  
4
  Octave       Chimes  
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Rohr Flöte  
2
  Flûte à Bec  
8
  Viola  
1
  Sifflöte  
4
  Italian Principal  
8
  Hautbois  
4
  Flûte à Chiminée       [Blank tablet]  
2 2/3
  Quinte       Tremulant  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Flûte Acoustique  
4
  Basse de Chorale  
16
  Sub Bass  
2
  Octavin  
16
  Bourdon  
16
  Double Trumpet  
8
  Octave  
8
  Trompette  
8
  Soubasse          
               
Couplers
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'     Great to Pedal 8', 4'
    Great 16', Unison Off, 4'     Swell to Pedal 8', 4'
    Swell 16', Unison Off, 4'      
               
Combination Action
    Pistons 1-2-3-4 Affecting Swell Organ
    Pistons 1-2-3-4 Affecting Great Organ
    Pistons 1-2-3-4 Affecting Pedal Organ, duplicated by toe studs
    Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 Affecting Full Organ, duplicated by toe studs
    Sforzando Piston and Toe Stud
    Swell to Pedal Reversible Piston and Toe Stud
    Great to Pedal Reversible Piston and Toe Stud
    General Cancel Piston
       
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal          
    Crescendo Pedal          
             
  Shrine Church of St. Bernadette - Brooklyn, NY
W.W. Kimball Company
Chicago, Ill. (1938)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals





The original organ for St. Bernadette's Church was built in 1938 by the W.W. Kimball Company of Chicago. Kimball installed the organ in two gallery chambers, one on each side of the large window. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.
             
Sources:
     The Shrine Church of St. Bernadette web site: http://www.shrinechurchofstbernadette.com/
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Trupiano, Larry. Specifications of Peragallo Organ, Op. 507 (1984).

Illustrations:
     Forgotten New York web site: www.forgotten-ny.com: exterior and shrine.
     W.W. Kimball Co. Brochure, showing Kimball organ (1938) in St. Bernadette R.C. Church. Courtesy Jonathan Bowen.