Hennepin Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

511 Groveland Aven
Minneapolis, MN

Builder: Austin Organ Co, Opus 615, 1916
Manuals: 4
Ranks: 71
Action: Electropneumatic

Notes: Replaced in 1979 by Robert Sipe. Many pipes from this organ were reworked for the new organ.

16' Open Diapason
8' 1st Open Diapason
8' 2nd Open Diapason
8' 3rd Open Diapason
8' 4th Open Diapason
8' Gross Flute
8' Gemshorn
8' Gedeckt
8' Gamba
4' Octave
4' Flute
2.2/3' Octave Quint [3' in spec]
2' Super Octave
    Mixture III
16' Trumpet
8' Trumpet
4' Clarion

16' Bourdon
8' Open Diapason
8' Stopped Diapason
8' Salicional
8' Viole d'Orchestre
8' Viole Celeste
8' Spitzflöte
8' Flauto Vibrato
8' Aeoline
8' Vox Celeste
4' Octave
4' Flute
4' Violina
2' Super Octave
    Solo Mixture III
16' Bassoon
8' Cornopean
8' Oboe
8' Vox Humana
4' Clarion

"The Hennepin Avenue M. E. Church of Minneapolis has given to the Austin Company, through Elisha Fowler, New England representative, the contract for a four-manual organ containing eighty stops, with Echo and Chimes. Professor John P. Marshall of Boston University prepared the specification. Mr. Marshall is official organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra" -- The Diapason, December, 1915

"Correspondence in the company files reveals that when the organ was installed, it could scarcely be heard. The problem was not just the scaling and voicing. Only after the organ was installed was it discovered that the real villain was the architect, who had lined the walls of the organ chambers, and the arch above, with sound-absorbing materials. It was then necessary to try to remedy the situation by painting or plastering over the chambers and cutting away the arch in front of the Solo division. Even before the organ was finished, some ranks were replaced with larger scales and other stops were regulated with more power. Opus 615 illustrated some of the obstacles that can thwart the success of an instrument even when the builder is experienced and the stop list looks like a winning proposition. In spite of its rocky beginning, Opus 615 survived to be re-actioned in 1954." -- From Austin Organs, by Orpha Ochse and available through the Organ Historical Society.
16' Dulciana
8' Open Diapason
8' Geigen Principal
8' Concert Flute
8' Dulciana
8' Unda Maris
4' Octave
4' Flute Harmonique
4' Fugara
2' Piccolo
8' Clarinet

8' Stentorphone
8' Concert Flute
8' Gamba
8' Gamba Celeste
8' Tuba Mirabilis
8' Orchestral Oboe

8' Small Diapason
8' Clarabella
8' Unda Maris
8' Dolce
4' Flauto Dolce
8' Vox Humana
    Cathedral Chimes (20)

32' Double Open Diapason (wood)
16' 1st Open Diapason 12
16' 2nd Open Diapason GT
16' Bourdon 32
16' Violone 32
16' Gedeckt SW
16' Dulciana CH
16' Echo Gedeckt 12 Echo
10.2/3' Quint
8' Flute 12
8' Violoncello 12
32' Contra Bombarde 32
16' Trombone 12
16' Bassoon
8' Tromba 12