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
New York City – Opus 23 (1897)
Tubular-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 29 stops, 35 ranks


The status of this organ is unknown as of 2008.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Double Open Diapason *
61
4
  Hohl Flöte
61
8
  Open Diapason *
61
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
61
8
  Viola di Gamba
61
2
  Super Octave
61
8
  Dolce
61
    Mixture, 3-4-5 ranks
202
8
  Doppel Flöte
61
8
  Trumpet
61
8
  Flute Harmonique
61
    Bellows Signal
4
  Octave
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  
               
Combinations
    Great forte       Swell forte  
    Great mezzo       Swell mezzo  
    Great piano       Swell piano  
            Great to Pedal reversible  
            Full Organ  
             
Sources:
     Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
     Organ Historical Society Database: http://organsociety.bsc.edu/
     Müller & Abel specifications: Organ Historical Society Archives; courtesy Jonathan Bowen.

Illustration:
     Lawson, Steven E. Exterior.