NEW ORLEANS AREA PIPE ORGANS AND THEIR HISTORIES

A service of the Steeple Chasers at www.neworleanschurches.com
and the New Orleans Chapter of the Organ Historical Society

MANUFACTURER: MOLLER
OPUS NUMBER: OPUS 2042
YEAR BUILT: 1916
   
ORIGINAL LOCATION:

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Roman Cath. Church (Canal Street)

   
RELOCATION 1:  
   
RELOCATION 2:  
   
RELOCATION 3:  
   
FINAL DISPOSITION:

UNKNOWN (According to a 1990's survey by Daniel Baudier, a few components of the organ existed in the chambers, however, console and most parts were removed.) If anyone has more info, please let us know.

Additional Informaiton: This was submitted by Richard Litzinger May 2006

Dear Mr. Demajo,

I am Richard Litzinger, a former seminarian of the the Holy Cross Fathers (CSC), and I was stationed briefly at Sacred Heart Church in the summer of 1973. I am an organist, and so I played the old pipe organ there quite a few times. The late Charles Paddock was the regular organist, and Fr. Larry LeVasseur was the pastor. When I got there, the pipe organ was in sore need of repair and tuning, so the pastor ok'd hiring a young fellow to tune it. In the process of tuning, we together added a rank or two of used pipes, did some re-wiring, fixed the windchests, and replaced some worn-out flex-haust tubing. The organ became once again decently playable,a ll for about $600 and my "free" time in helping the tuner/repairman. As a final touch, I decided to paint the console and the bench with off-white enamel and muted green trim. While it was not classical in appearance, it did look nice! Of course that organ is no longer there, and I have no idea of when it was removed, by whom, or how, or why. I presume an electronic organ replaced it, but I recently saw a pic of the water-damaged console after Katrina. I surmise they installed the console on the main floor of the church, rather than in the choir loft, where it would not have been damaged. But the "old Moeller" was still playing there in 1973 and probably for a few years after that. I like to think that part of it's longevity was due in part to my handiwork.

I returned to NOLA in summer of 1983, but did not get a chance to visit the interior of the church. I hope my info is helpful to you, and I wish you all well in your re-building and recovery efforts. As an aside, in 1977 I helped dismantle and pack the fine old Felgemacher at the Sacred Heart Church (now the Basilica) at Notre Dame University, IN. A church in Horseheads, NY received the old organ. A new Holtkamp instrument was installed at Notre Dame. This was under the tenure of the late Sue Henderson Seid-Martin, at that time the organist and professor of organ. David Clarke Isele was composer-in-residence.

God Bless, and do all you can to further the King of Instruments!

Richard Litzinger

   
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NOTES SUPPLIED BY OTHERS:  
   
SPECIFICATION: 2 Manual, 21 Stops
   
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