First Union Baptist Church - Bronx, N.Y.
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First Union Baptist Church

2064 Grand Concourse near Tremont Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10457





The First Union Baptist Church has worshipped at this location since 1976, after purchasing the building of Tremont Temple Gates of Mercy, a Reform Jewish congregation.

Tremont Temple Gates of Mercy's synagogue was dedicated in 1910. For the first few years, the congregation held services in the basement until they could afford to construct the rest of the building. By 1920, the temple was completed, a magnificent neo-classic, columned building, with a daring, gigantic Star of David on the roof. Tremont Temple became an important center of Jewish life in the area. However, by the 1960s the neighborhood had changed and many of the families had moved to the suburbs. During the 1970s, membership had declined to the point where the officers felt they had to consolidate with a congregation in Westchester to remain viable. In 1976, Tremont Temple merged with and moved to the Scarsdale Synagogue.
               
J.H. & C.S. Odell & Co.
New York City – Opus 530 (1920)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 16 stops, 16 ranks


This organ no longer exists.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Melodia
61
8
  Gamba
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
8
  Dulciana
61
4
  Octave
61
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
61
4
  Rohr Flute
61
8
  Salicional
61
8
  Oboe
61
8
  Vox Celestis [TC]
49
8
  Vox Humana
61
8
  Aeoline
61
    Tremulant  
8
  Stopped Diapason
61
       
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Sub Bass
30
       
16
  Bourdon
30
       
               
Couplers
    Swell to Pedal 8'       Great to Great 16', 4'  
    Great to Pedal 8'       Swell to Swell 16', 4'  
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'       Pedal to Pedal Octaves  
               
Piston Combinations
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 operating on Great Organ
    Pistons No. 1-2-3 operating on Swell Organ
               
Pedal Movements
    Crescendo Pedal       Great to Pedal Reversible  
    Balanced Swell Pedal          
               
Accessories
    Wind Indicator          
    Crescendo Indicator          
               
Sources:
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El web site: http://www.sstt.org
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of J.H. & C.S. Odell Organ, Op. 530 (1920).

Illustration:
     Schmauch, Dave. Exterior (2012).