Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)
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Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church

147 West 123rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10027



The Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church is the third congregation to occupy the edifice located midblock on West 123rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Originally built as the German-American St. Paul Lutheran Church of Harlem, the Gothic church was built in 1897-98 to the designs of Ernest W. Schneider and Henry Herter. In 1933, after St. Paul's merged with and moved to Grace Lutheran Church at 123 West 71st Street, the building was sold to the Twelfth Church of Christ, Scientist. In 1985, after the Christian Scientists relocated to 2315 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, the building was sold to the Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church.
             
  Müller & Abel organ, Op. 23 (1897) in St. Paul German-American Lutheran Church - New York City (photo: OHS Archives)
  credit: Organ Historical Society Archives
Müller & Abel
New York City – Opus 23 (1897)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 29 stops, 35 ranks




The Müller & Abel organ was built in 1897 for St. Paul German-American Lutheran Church, the original owner of the building.

The status of this organ is unknown as of 2008.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Double Open Diapason *
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Open Diapason *
61
4
  Hohl Flöte
61
8
  Viola di Gamba
61
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
61
8
  Dolce
61
2
  Super Octave
61
8
  Doppel Flöte
61
8
  Mixture, 3-4-5 ranks
202
8
  Flute Harmonique
61
8
  Trumpet
61
   
   
* unenclosed
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon (split knob)
61
4
  Gemshorn
61
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Flauto Traverso
61
8
  Salicional
61
2
  Flageolet
61
8
  Aeoline
61
    Cornet, 3 ranks
183
8
  Vox Celestis [TC]
49
8
  Cornopean
61
8
  Stopped Diapason
61
8
  Vox Humana
61
8
  Quintadena
61
    Tremulant   
               
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Open Diapason
30
8
  Violoncello
30
16
  Bourdon
30
16
  Trombone
30
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal       Swell to Great  
    Swell to Pedal       Swell to Great octaves  
               
Combination Pedals
    Great forte       Swell forte  
    Great mezzo       Swell mezzo  
    Great piano       Swell piano  
               
Mechanicals
    Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal reversible  
    Bellows Signal   Full Organ (hitch-down)  
             
Sources:
     Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
     Müller & Abel specification: Organ Historical Society Archives; courtesy Jonathan Bowen.

Illustrations:
     Lawson, Steven E. Exterior.
     Organ Historical Society Archives. Müller & Abel organ, Op. 23 *1897). Courtesy Bynum Petty.