by Stephen J. Schnurr, Jr. & Dennis E. Northway
More than ONE HUNDRED organs built between 1698 and 2005 are included in this beautiful book, with color photos of church interiors, organ cases and facades, consoles and keydesks, and other details. The authors provide stoplists, histories, and descriptions of the organs. They group the organs in eight sections that bring a coherent vision of a widely diverse collection of organs. The groups include: organs made in Chicagoland at the turn of the 20th century (and three at the turn of the 21st century); organs in buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1871; nine organs in nearby places; 25 organs built during the “Decades of Opulence” 1911-1932; 23 organs built in the American Classic and Neo-Baroque movements; five “transplanted” organs of the 19th and 20th centuries; three “Simply Unique” organs; and eleven newer organs built 1991-2005. Four indices are alphabetical, builder, geographic, and OHS Historic Organ Citations. Brief essays provide an overview. Both authors are OHS members, and Stephen Schnurr is the elected Secretary of OHS. 286 pages, hardbound.