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Haller Lake Community Club - 3/10 Wurlitzer
Seattle, Washington
12579 Densmore Ave N.
Organ installation timeframe: 1969 - present
 
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Console of PSTOS-owned Haller Lake Community Club instrument
 
The PSTOS-owned Haller Lake Community Club organ was originally shipped from the Wurlitzer factory in July 1926. It was a Style D with player, opus 1432. The organ never had a theatre home having originally been installed in the Fraternal Order of Eagles hall in Dayton, Ohio. The organ was seldom used in this location and its main cable was eventually cut and the console removed to make more room for bingo tables.
 
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Haller Lake auditorium showing stage, shutter openings and console.
 
The entire organ (less console and relays) was sold by the lodge to the Leonard McMahon family in 1959 for the princely sum of $50.00.
 
In July 1959, the McMahons purchased a 3-manual Marr & Colton console and relays from the Toledo Pipe Organ Company (ex: Grand Theatre, Detroit Michigan) for $325.00.
 
The McMahons totally re-leathered the organ and then the Boeing Co. transferred the family to Seattle, not knowing the family's moving expenses would be ballooned by a pipe organ. The instrument did make it to Seattle and was playing in the McMahon's Queen Anne Hill residence by the mid-1960's.
 
Following Mr. McMahon's untimely death, PSTOS sold bonds to its members and purchased the instrument from Mrs. McMahon, removing it from her Queen Anne Hill home.
 
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Main chamber, showing new Clarinet
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New string celeste
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Solo chamber showing Kinura, Trumpet, Tibia and Vox
 
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HLIC signing, May 1969
A contract was signed with the Haller Lake Improvement Club on June 5, 1969. The installation was completed by September of 1969.
 
Pictured are - seated: Mrs. Paula Beauchamp, Past HLIC President; Les Lehne, PSTOS Chairman. Standing: Harry Harkness, HLIC Co-ordinator; William R. Ross, present HLIC President; and Russ Evans, ATOE Co-ordinator.
 

Haller Lake Community Club enrance. Photo courtesy www.hallerlake.info.
 
The organ consists of a three-manual Marr & Colton console, a Kimball Kinura, plus six ranks of Wurlitzer pipework. The addition of a Wurlitzer Clarinet is currently in progress.
 
A unique feature of the installation is the moveable percussions mounted on wheels that can be rolled onto the stage to permit maintenance access to the two chambers.
 
When not in use, the console is protected by a special plywood cover. The organ can be played without having to remove the entire cover, which is very convenient since the instrument is made available for practice sessions - one person can open it without needing assistance.
 
Many national and international artists have played the PSTOS Haller Lake instrument over the years. Australian Tony Fenelon presented a program in September, 1969.

Tony Fenelon, c.1969
 

Visit the Haller Lake Community Club website:
www.hallerlake.info
 

 
Haller Lake Community Club Stop List
Three manuals, 8 ranks
Installed by PSTOS members, 1969
 
Pedal
16 Diaphone
16 Contre Tibia Clausa
16 Bourdon
8 Open Diapason
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Flute
8 Cello
8 Trumpet
 
Pedal traps (back rail)
Bass Drum
Kettle Drum
Triangle
Cymbal
 

Solo
16 Contre Tibia Clausa
16 Trumpet (T.C.)
16 Vox Humana (T.C.)
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Flute
8 Viol d'Orchestra
8 Trumpet
8 Diapason
8 Kinura
8 Vox Humana
4 Tibia Clausa
4 Flute
4 Viol
2-2/3 Twelfth
2 Piccolo
Chrysoglott
Cathedral Chimes
 

Toe pistons
Siren
Boat Whistle
Horn
Crash Cymbal
Accompaniment
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16 Contre Viole (T.C.)
16 Vox Humana (T.C.)
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Flute
8 Viol d'Orchestra
8 Trumpet
8 Diapason
8 Kinura
8 Vox Humana
4 Piccolo
4 Flute
4 Viol d'Orchestra
4 Diapason
2 Piccolo
Chrysoglott
Snare Drum Loud
Snare Drum Soft
Tambourine
Castanets
Chinese Block
Tom Tom
Sleigh Bells
Cymbal
 
Second Touch
8 Trumpet
8 Diapason
 

Tremulants
Main
Trumpet/Kinura
Tibia
 

Accessories
Celeste Coupler Off
 
Great
16 Contre Tibia Clausa
16 Bourdon
16 Contre Viol (T.C.)
16 Vox Humana (T.C.)
16 Diaphone
16 Trumpet (T.C.)
16 Kinura (T.C.)
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Flute
8 Viol D'Orchestra
8 Trumpet
8 Diapason
8 Kinura
8 Vox Humana
8 Saxophone (Syn.)
8 Orchestral Oboe (Syn.)
5-2/5 Quint
4 Piccolo
4 Flute
4 Viol D'Orchestra
4 Diapason
4 Vox Humana
2-2/3 Twelfth
2-2/3 Nazard
2 Piccolo
2 Fifteenth
1-3/5 Tierce
Chrysoglott
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
 

Push buttons/switches
Vox tremulant on/off
Cow bell
Door bell
Hoofs
Police whistle
Bird whistle
Master swell on/off
 
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c.1971


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