Church of St. Joseph
(Roman Catholic)

Ward's Island
New York, N.Y. 10035


St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Ward's Island was founded in 1873 to serve the patients and staff of insane asylums on the island. The church was run by the Society of Jesus.

Ward's Island is located in the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The island is home to several public facilities, including Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (which serves the criminally insane), and a New York City Department of Environmental Protection wastewater treatment plant. It is also home to Ward's Island Park which offers stunning views, athletic fields, and picnic grounds.
           
Estey Organ Company
Brattleboro, Vt. – Opus 1335 (1915)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 9 stops, 9 ranks


The Estey Organ Company Shop Order (Feb. 1, 1915) shows that their Op. 1335 for St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ward's Island, had oak woodwork and 17 bronzed front pipes. The organ was voiced on 4" wind pressure.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Melodia
61
8
  Dulciana
61
4
  Flute d'Amour
61

     

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Salicional
61
8
  Oboe [TC]
49
8
  Stopped Diapason
61
    Tremolo  
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
       

     

     
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Bourdon
30
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal       Great Unison Separation
    Swell to Pedal       Swell 16', 4', Unison Separation
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'          
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Crescendo Pedal    
           
Sources:
     Carnahan, John. Factory Shop Order for Estey Organ, Op. 1335 (1915).
     "Church Jubilee on Ward's Island: Archbishop Hayes Addresses 100 Insane Patients in St. Joseph's," The New York Times (Apr. 23, 1923).
     The Estey Pipe Organ web site: www.esteyorgan.com.