St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Robert Holmes)
 
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St. Michael's Church (German)
(Roman Catholic)

225 Jerome Street at Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11207
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Organ Specifications:
III/33 Geo. Kilgen & Son, Op. 5841 (1937)
III/33 Tellers-Kent Organ Co., Op. 241 (1921)






St. Michael's Catholic Church was established in 1860 to serve German immigrants in the East New York area of Brooklyn. The first building, a wooden frame structure with steeple, was erected on Jerome Street near Liberty Street. A monastery for the Capuchin Fathers was located next to the church.

The present church building, designed in Italianate style, was built next to the original church and dedicated on June 26, 1922.
           
St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1909), Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection)   St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Robert Holmes)
Original church and monastery (1909)
 
Interior of present church
           
  Facade of Kilgen Organ, Op. 5841 (1937) in St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Robert Holmes)
   
  Console of Kilgen Organ, Op. 5841 (1937) in St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (photo: Robert Holmes)
Geo. Kilgen & Son
St. Louis, Mo. – Opus 5841 (1937)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 43 stops, 33 ranks








The Kilgen Organ Company of St. Louis received a contract in 1937 to enlarge the existing Tellers organ, which had been installed in the present 1922 building. Kilgen reused most of the Tellers pipework and provided a new console. The 16' Diapason (playable from both the Great and Pedal divisions) forms the facade which spans the width of the rear gallery. As of 2007, the organ is mostly playable, although the Swell division and wooden flue stops need releathering.

Pipecounts of the following specification are estimated, and are based on similar Kilgen instruments from the same era.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Open Diapason (facade)
61
4
  Flute Harmonique [ext.]
12
8
  1st Diapason
61
2 2/3
  Twelfth
61
8
  2nd Diapason
61
2
  Fifteenth
61
8
  Flute Harmonique
61
8
  Tromba
61
8
  Gemshorn
61
    Chimes
CH
4
  Octave
61
    Tremolo  
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
73
    Mixture III ranks
183
8
  Geigen Principal
73
16
  Bassoon
73
8
  Gedeckt
73
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Viole d'Gamba
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Flute Traversiere
73
4
  Clarion
73
2
  Flautino
61
    Tremolo  
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Flute d'Amour
73
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Waldhorn
73
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
61
    Chimes
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Contra Bass
32
8
  Flute [ext.]
12
16
  Open Diapason
GT
8
  Still Gedeckt
SW
16
  Bourdon
32
8
  Flute [ext.]
SW
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
16
  Trombone [ext. GT]
12
8
  Octave [ext.]
12
       
           
  Drawing of Facade for Tellers-Kent Organ Company, Op. 241 (1921) in St. Michael's (German) Catholic Church - Brooklyn, N.Y. (credit: Aaron M. Tellers)
Tellers-Kent Organ Company
Erie, Penn. – Opus 241 (1921)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manual, 37 stops, 33 ranks





The original organ installed in the current St. Michael's Church was built in 1921 by the Tellers-Kent Organ Company of Erie, Pennsylvania.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes (6" pressure)
16
  Open Diapason
73
8
  Clarabella
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Flute d'Amour
73
8
  Doppel Flute
73
4
  Octave
73
8
  Gamba
73
8
  Harmonic Tuba
73
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" pressure)
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Flute Harmonique
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Violina
73
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
2
  Harmonic Piccolo
73
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
73
16
  Contra Hautboy
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Aeoline
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (4" pressure)
8
  Horn Diapason
73
4
  Concert Flute 73
8
  Geigen Principal
73
4
  Flauto Traverso 73
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Orchestral Oboe 73
8
  Unda Maris
73
8
  Clarinet 73
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Open Diapason
44
8
  Violoncello [ext.]
16
  Bourdon
44
8
  Flauto Major [ext.]
16
  Lieblich Gedackt
SW
8
  Flauto Dolce
SW
16
  Violone
44
       
           
Sources:
     Brooklyn Public Library web site: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
     Holmes, Robert. Stoplist of Geo. Kilgen & Son organ Op. 5841 (1937).
     Tellers, Aaron M. Stoplist of Tellers-Kent Organ, Op. 241 (1921).

Illustrations:
     Brooklyn Daily Eagle photo (1909). Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection: old church.
     Holmes, Robert: color photos.
     "Roman Catholic Churches of Brooklyn, N.Y." web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~desmondcorp/tim/churches.htm
     Tellers, Aaron M. Drawing of facade for Tellers-Kent Organ, Op. 241 (1921).