The Organ at High Street

The Organ at High Street Congregational Church was built by the E.M.Skinner Organ Company as their Op.583 in 1926 for a church in Malden, Massachusetts. Additional tonal alterations were made in 1972. In 1986 the organ was moved to a private home in Florida. It was moved to Maine to be installed in High Street's new sanctuary, rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original church in 1985. Within a few months of the organ's installation at High Street, two new stops were added: A Nazard and a three rank Octave Chorus, with the work on the organ and its new case completed. During the summer of 2007, the organ was completely releathered, and in 2008 a new Italian Flute 2' stop was added. From its arrival, the installation, new stops, restoration and ongoing maintenance of the organ has been done by David E. Wallace & Co., LLC, Pipe Organ Builders, Gorham, ME.
This page gives some general information about the parts of a pipe organ. We begin with a wide-angle photo of the whole sanctuary.
Here are pictures of some of the pipes from the organ's "swell" division. These photos are taken from inside the swell box.
We visit the organ's "great" division. The 29 pipes you see from the sanctuary belong to the great division, but most of the great's 300+ pipes are just behind these on the other side of the organ case.
We have two features on this page: A picture of some of the pedal stops pipes, and a picture of the organ as first installed in the High Street sanctuary, before its new case was built.
On this page we visit the organ's console, with pictures showing the keyboards, stop knobs and other controls.
An assortment of pictures including the outside of the church, the "dedication plaque", the organ "nameplate", the organ's stoplist, and a couple of pictures from the 2007 releathering are all on this page.
Here you can find a picture of me playing the organ, and a photo of the organ's rebuilder, David Wallace. Also, a couple pictures of the pipes and flowers.
Down at City Hall in Portland, they have a somewhat bigger organ - the mighty Kotzschmar Memorial Organ. You'll see what I mean if you click here!

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Associate Professor of Mathematics
Bates College
Lewiston, ME 04240