Berea
St. Adalbert Church

Dennis Northway will demonstrate the two-manual, 1904 Votteler-Hettche organ installed in the rear gallery of this Romanesque church designed by Thaddeus Badowski. While less than a dozen instruments bearing Votteler-Hettche nameplates are known, it is inconclusive whether this organ was newly built by the firm or was a rebuild of an earlier organ. Peculiarities can be noted including a much older case from impost downward featuring egg-and-dart detailing similar to that found on some G.F. Votteler instruments; a juxtaposed and stylistically more modern upper case; abandoned toe holes on the impost; several stenciled fa├žade pipes replanted onto the Great manual chest; and a 27-note pedalboard which, by way of a repeating mechanical action, plays only 17 pipes.

 





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