Roman Catholic Church of St. Roch - The Bronx, N.Y.
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Church of St. Roch
(Roman Catholic)


525 Wales Avenue
The Bronx, N.Y. 10455

Organ Specifications:
525 Wales Avenue near 149th Street (since c.1932)
II/6 M. P. Möller, Inc., Op. 6058 (1931)
150th Street near Robbins Avenue (until c.1932)
• unknown (c.1910)

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Roch was founded on November 26, 1899, by Rev. John Milo, assisted by Father Ignatius Cirelli. At the time, there were no definite parish limits. The first church, a frame building with seats for 500, and the rectory were on 150th Street near Robbins Avenue. On April 10, 1932, the cornerstone was laid for the present church by the Very Rev. Mgr. Patrick N. Breslin, dean of the Catholic clergy of the Bronx. A bell weighing 1,000 pounds was also blessed. Anthony J. DePace, an architect who worked closely with the Archdiocese, designed the building.
               

M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 6058 (1931)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 21 registers, 11 stops, 6 ranks


The M.P. Möller Factory Specification (Nov. 6, 1933) shows that this organ would be fully enclosed and on 5" wind pressure. Möller indicated that the organ would be completed by April 15, 1932.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Melodia
61
8
  Dulciana
61
   
 
   
 
   
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed

8
  Bourdon [TC]
4
  Flute
8
  Salicional
61
2
  Flautina
8
  Stopped Diapason [unit]
85
8
  Oboe
61
   
   
Pedal Organ – 32 notes

16
  Bourdon [ext. SW]
12
       
8
  Flute
SW
     
               
Couplers

    Great to Pedal 8'   Great 16', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8'   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'    
               
Mechanicals

    Tremulant          
    Crescendo Indicator          
               
Adjustable Combinations

    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Great and Pedal stops
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4 affecting Swell and Pedal stops
               
Pedal Movements

    Great to Pedal Reversible    
    Balanced Swell Pedal    
    Balanced Great Pedal    
    Grand Crescendo Pedal    

               

Unknown Builder
(c.1910)


On May 24, 1934, the Rev. I. Cirelli, Pastor, wrote to M. P. Möller, inquiring, "Would like to know whether you would buy the "Old Organ" from me for $500.00. It was purchased some 24 years ago for $1,5000.00, but is in good condition." No further information has been found about this organ.

               
Sources:
     "Anthony J. DePace, Architect of Catholic Churches, Was 84," The New York Times, May 30, 1977.
     The Catholic Church in the United States of America, p. 393. New York: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.
     "Topics of Interest to the Churchgoer," The New York Times, April 9, 1932.
     Trupiano, Larry. Correspondence (May 24, 1934) from Rev. I. Cirelli to M. P. Möller, Inc.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 6058 (1931).

Photos:
     Google map street view: exterior.

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