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Roosevelt No. 484

Leopold Eidlitz's magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, in all its glory before the light of the apse windows was blocked by the present hideous reredos. Roosevelt No. 484 either side of the apse.
Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri

Roosevelt No. 484, 1891

Great: C-a³ (58 notes)
16’ Double Open Diapason
8’ First Open Diapason
8’ Second Open Diapason
8’ Viola da Gamba
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Doppel Flöte
4’ Octave
4’ Hohl Flöte
22/3’ Octave Quinte
2’ Super Octave
3 Rks. Mixture
8’ Trumpet

Swell: C-a³ (58 notes)
16’ Bourdon
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Violin Diapason
8’ Spitz Flöte
8’ Aeoline
8’ Vox Celestis
8’ Stopped Diapason
4’ Octave
4’ Salicet
4’ Flûte Harmonique
2’ Flageolet
3, 4 & 5 Rks. Cornet
16’ Contra Fagotto
8’ Cornopean
8’ Oboe
8’ Vox Humana

Choir: C-a³ (58 notes)
16’ Contra Gamba*
8’ Open Diapason*
8’ Salicional*
8’ Concert Flute*
8’ Quintadena*
4’ Flûte d’ Amour*
4’ Fugara*
2’ Flûte Harmonique*
5 Rks. Dolce Cornet*
8’ Orchestral Oboe*
8’ Clarinet*

Pedal: C-f¹ (30 notes)
16’ Open Diapason
16’ Violone*
16’ Dulciana
16’ Bourdon
102/3’ Quint
8’ Violoncello
8’ Flute*
16’ Trombone*

6 unison couplers + “Swell to Great at Octaves”

* stops prepared for in 1891, inserted in 1893.

Source: Eugene L. Rodgers, “The Organs of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri, 1819-1968,” MS in Diocesan Archives.

The Roosevelt organ was replaced by Skinner Opus 610 in 1928, which was placed in the old solid-walnut Roosevelt case on the east walls of the north and south transepts. The acoustics suffered greatly in 1929 when the inside of the cathedral was lined with sound-absorbent Guastavino Akoustilith to give the appearance of stone. This was also unfortunate from the architectural point of view, since it spoilt the simplicity of Eidlitz's building with its chaste whitewashed walls and gave the building a heavier appearance.

When the organ cases were removed in the 1960s there was nothing to draw the eye from the center, and this made the reredos overpower the building even more than previously.
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