St. Francis Hospital

525 East 142nd Street, between Brook Avenue and St. Ann's Street
The Bronx, New York 10454


St. Francis Hospital (1865-1905) - New York City  
East 5th Street - Manhattan  
St. Francis Hospital was established in 1865 by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns. The first hospital was located at 407-409 East 5th Street and Avenue B in Manhattan. In 1906, the hospital was moved to the Mott Haven area of the South Bronx where new facilities were built on East 142nd Street between Brook Avenue and St. Ann's Street. By the 1960s the hospital's physical plant was in need of upgrading, and there were staffing problems and financial difficulties. The Hospital Council recommended that the hospital be closed, and there resulted a great public outcry. On December 31, 1966, the hospital was closed by the Archidiocese of New York.
   
M. P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4590 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 34 registers, 24 stops, 11 ranks


In 1926, the M.P. Möller Company built a two-manual organ for St. Francis Hospital in the Bronx. Möller provided a detached, two-manual stop-key console, and a case of quarter-sawn oak with gold bronze pipes.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Octave [SW Open Diap.]
SW
8
  Melodia
73
4
  Flute Traverso [Melodia]
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Oboe
SW
8
  Salicional
73
   
Chimes
20 Bells
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
SW
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon [unit]
97
8
  Lieblich Gedeckt
8
  Open Diapason
73
4
  Orchestral Flute
8
  Dulciana
GT
2 2/3
  Flute Twelfth
8
  Salicional
GT
2
  Flautina
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
73
8
  Vox Humana
61
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
Bourdon
44
8
  Flute [ext.Bourdon]
16
Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal       Great 16', 4'  
    Swell to Pedal       Swell 16', Unison, 4'  
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'          
               
Mechanicals
    Tremulant       Crescendo Indicator  
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Pistons 1-2-3-4 affecting Great and Pedal Stops
    Pistons 1-2-3-4 affecting Swell and Pedal Stops
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible      
    Balanced Swell Pedal      
    Grand Crescendo Pedal      
   
Sources:
     "Badillo Asks City to Buy St. Francis," The New York Times, February 8, 1967.
     Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. New York: The Council, 1840-1870.
     "St. Francis Hospital Sadly Waits For End of 100-Year Existence," The New York Times (June 4, 1965).
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.
     Trupiano, Larry. Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 4590 (1926).

Illustrations:
     Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York: Original St. Francis Hospital.