St. Finbar Roman Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Church of St. Finbar
(Roman Catholic)

Benson Avenue at Bay 20th Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11214
www.stfinbarbrooklyn.org


Organ Specifications:
Present building (since 1912)
• Rodgers Organ Company electronic
II/22 Reuben Midmer & Sons (1912)
Second building (1893-1912)
• II/15 Unknown Builder (c.1893)
First building (1881-1893)
• unknown


           
Rodgers Organ Company
Hillsboro, Ore.
Digital tone generation


Sometime before 1976, the 1912 Midmer & Sons pipe organ was taken out of service and an electronic instrument manufactured by the Rodgers Organ Company was installed. Specifications of this instrument have not yet been located.
           
Reuben Midmer & Sons
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Opus 2867 (1912)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 24 registers, 22 stops, 22 ranks


The second organ in the present church was built in 1912 by Reuben Midmer & Sons of Brooklyn. A typed specification noted that there was a Kinetic blower and the console was detached. In 1976, organ builder Larry Trupiano of Brooklyn visited this organ and noted the manual chests had slider action, the pedal chest was electro-pneumatic, and there had been water damage. The pipes were still in place in 2002.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
16
  Open Diapason *
61
8
  Doppel Flute
61
8
  Open Diapason (1-17 in facade)
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Viola di Gamba
61
4
  Flute d'Amour
61
8
  Dulciana
61
8
  Trumpet
61
8
  Melodia
61
 
* 1-12 stopped wood
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Principal
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Flute Harmonique
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Aeoline
73
8
  Vox Humana (blank)
73
8
  Vox Celeste (TC)
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
   
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ (Augmented) – 30 notes
16
  Open Diapason (wood)
42
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
16
  Bourdon
30
8
  Flute (fr. 16' Open)
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal   Swell to Swell 4', 16'
    Swell to Pedal   Great to Great 4', 16'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Pedal Resultant, 32'
               
Piston Combinations
    Pistons 0-1-2-3 Affecting Great and Pedals
    Pistons 0-1-2-3-4 Affecting Swell and Pedals
               
Accessories
    Swell Tremulant   Grand Crescendo Pedal
    Wind indicator for organist   Crescendo indicator for organist
    Great to Pedal, reversible   Balanced Swell Pedal
    Sforzando Pedal (full organ)    
           
Unknown Builder
Mechanical key action, tubular-pneumatic pedal
2 manuals, 15 stops


The Ledger Book of Reuben Midmer & Sons refers to service work (for the period 1904-10) on a II/15 unidentified tracker with a tubular pedal. Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
             
Sources:
     Pelletreau, William S. "The Catholic Church on Long Island," A History of Long Island From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905.
     Reuben Midmer & Sons Ledger Book entries (1904-10) for an unidentified organ in St. Finbar's Church. Courtesy Larry Trupiano.
     St. Finbar Catholic Church web site: www.stfinbarbrooklyn.org
     Trupiano, Larry. Specification of Reuben Midmer & Sons organ.

Illustrations:
     Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection. Exterior (1905).
     New York Big Apple Images. Exterior (2013) (credit: Matthew X. Kiernan). Used by permission.