Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church Organ
Richard O. Whitelegg designed the large Möller organ at Holy Name of Jesus Church. At the time of its installation, this organ was remarkable for its brilliance and clarity of ensembles, multiple mixture stops, an independent pedal division, and fiery French chorus reeds, according to the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Whitelegg was given free reign to express his tonal ideals, perhaps in response to the similarly sized Aeolian-Skinner organ designed in 1932 for the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square. The organ has suffered both water and smoke damage, the latter from a fire originating in the blower area in 1998. Many portions of this notable organ, including the Solo and Choir divisions and console, are not functioning properly or at all; hopefully, this Whitelegg masterpiece will someday be restored to its original glory, according to the website cited above.
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