George Jardine & Son, 1869 Pipe Organ

(From 1967 Convention Booklet, Organ Historical Society)

Jardine and Sons, New York, 1869

Organ Database Information

 From the Pipe Organ Database:

Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.
One manual. 2 divisions. 9 stops. 7 registers. 7 ranks. 308 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 18 notes.
Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action. Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.

 The stone Gothic building is on a steep hill, and was erected in 1869; the organ appears on the Jardine list published in that year. Standing in the small sacristy, the instrument’s case is flush with the right nave wall, and the small opening around the case front was filled with plywood in 1963. For many years, an imitation organ was in use, and almost at the end of the tenure of that “organ,” the pipes and rack boards were hastily removed from the Jardine chest and dumped in the reservoir area. Thus, for a time, a speaker cabinet stood behind the case.


The Jardine was put back together in 1963, and though not quite authentic tonally; most of the original voicing is intact. The Gothic case has five flats of metal dummy pipes, decorated and lettered with the inscription “Laudette Deum in Chordis et Organo,” a few letters on each pipe. The tiny console has flat jambs with square-shanked knobs, and the narrow Pedal keyboard operates one octave of pipes standing at the rear. A hitch-down pedal operates the horizontal swell shades.


The stoplist, typical of the builders, has several odd names, and strange compasses. The Violina and Violoncello are a divided Principal. The Flute has 7 stopped wood basses and is a metal chimney flute from Middle C to the top. There is no 8’ flute and the Clariana is a bell gamba.

In 2009, the organ was refurbished (a new bellows was installed) in time for a pre-Christmas recital.

  April 2021  
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