St. David's Episcopal Church - Cambria Heights (Queens), NY

 

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St. David's Episcopal Church

117-35 235th Street
Cambria Heights (Queens), N.Y. 11411


Organ Specifications:
II/~17 Southfield Organ Company (2007)
II/8 J.H. & C.S. Odell (1895)



St. David's Episcopal Church was established in 1940.
           
Southfield Organ Company
Springfield, Mass. – Opus 77 (2007)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 22 stops, ~17 ranks


The organ in St. David's Church was built in 2007 by the Southfield Organ Company of Springfield, Mass. Southfield incorporated some of the previous 1895 Odell organ. Specifications of this organ are incomplete.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
1 1/3
  Mixture II ranks
122
8
  Hohl Flute
61
8
  Trumpet
61
8
  Dulciana
61
   
Great 4'
 
4
  Octave
61
   
Chimes  
4
  Rohr Flute
61
    Blank  
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
    Blank  
2
  Spire Flute  
8
  Viola
61
16
  Bassoon
73
8
  Viola Celeste [TC]
49
8
  Oboe [ext.]
8
  Gedeckt
61
    Tremolo  
4
  Principal
61
    Swell 16'  
4
  Harmonic Flute
61
    Swell 4'  
2 2/3
  Nazard          
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
4
  Octave  
16
  Bourdon
32
8
  Gedeckt
SW
8
  Principal  
16
  Bassoon
SW
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8' 4'       Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'  
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'          
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Swell Organ ?
Great Organ ?
Entire Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (toe)
  Set (toe)
               
Reversibles
    Great to Pedal (toe)   Sforzando (toe)
    Swell to Pedal (toe)    
               
Accessories
    Balanced Swell Pedal     Signal Indicator Light
    Crescendo Pedal     Crescendo Indicator Light
    Wind Indicator Light     Sforzando Indicator Light
         

Odell Organ (1895) at St. David's Episcopal Church - Cambria Heights (Queens), N.Y. (photo: Allen Dreyfuss)
J.H. & C.S. Odell & Company
New York City (1895)
Mechanical action
2 manuals, 10 stops, 8 ranks


The first pipe organ in the church was originally built in 1895 by J.H. & C.S. Odell of New York City for the Presbyterian Church, 111th Avenue between Jamaica and Atlantic Avenues, in Woodhaven, Queens. This organ had a case that was approximately 16 feet high, 6 feet deep, and 10 feet wide.

 
In 1975, when the Presbyterian Church was slated to be razed, the Odell organ was moved to the Protestant Chapel (built 1966) at John F. Kennedy International Airport where it was installed by Allen Dreyfuss. The organ remained at JFK until that chapel was razed in 1989. Mr. Dreyfuss removed and carefully packed the organ for storage, where it remained for three years. In 1992, the organ was reinstalled by Mr. Dreyfuss in St. David's Church.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 58 notes
8
  Open Diapason
58
8
  Stopped Diapason Bass
12
8
  Melodia [TC]
46
4
  Principal *
58
8
  Dulciana [TC]
46
   
* marked Flute 4' on drawknob but pipes appear to be original
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 58 notes
8
  Stopped Diapason [TC]
46
4
  Rohrflute
58
8
  Salicional [TC]
46
    Tremolo  
8
  Stopped Diapason Bass
12
       
               
Pedal Organ – 27 notes
16
  Bourdon
27
       
 
Sources:
     Benios, Thania. "Keeping old pipe organs alive," Columbia News Service (Jan. 10, 2006). New York: Columbia University.
     Dreyfuss, Allen. Specifications of J.H. & C.S. Odell organ (1895).

Illustrations:
     Allen Dreyfuss. J.H. & C.S. Odell organ case in St. David's Church.
     J. Sussman, Inc. web site gallery <www.jsussmaninc.com>. Church exterior
     Undated postcard of Protestant Chapel at JFK Airport.