Photography by John and Kathleen DeMajo
SAINT PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
724 CAMP ST. NEW ORLEANS, LA.
HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
(Information taken from a pamphlet written by Frank L. Schneider and published September 1994)
Saint Patrick's Church dates to 1840 and is a National Historic Landmark. In the early 19th. Century, the city began to move out of Bienville's settlement boundaries of the Vieux Carre. As other nationalities came to New Orleans, they began to expand the city in the direction above Canal Street. This expansion was referred to as the "American Sector" and business men, bankers, and other Americans distinguished themselves from the Creoles who resided in the Vieux Carre. St. Patrick's Church, along with Gallier Hall which formerly served as City Hall prior to the mid-1950's, are the only two early landmarks that still remain in their original state.
The parish was born out of a desire by the Irish of New Orleans to worship in the same splendor that the French enjoyed through St. Louis Cathedral. The architectural style is Gothic and rivals churches of the same type in Europe. The Irish Catholics hired noted architects Charles and James Dakin to design it. The interior is rich in art treasures including paintings, murals, and the finest stained glass. The ceiling is reminiscent of Exeter Cathedral. The bell tower stands 185 feet in height with the naive height of 85 feet.
During construction, foundation problems were encountered and noted architect James Gallier was called in. Gallier succeeded in replacing the foundation without tearing down the walls, which was a monumental task in that era. Gallier became a member of the parish and purchased pew number 27 on the center aisle of the church.
The church has endured many hard times. It has been plagued by financial woes for most of its existence. Although it has withstood storms, Hurricane Betsy dealt substantial damage to the building.
The organ case, shown on the photo collage, is the remains of an original Aristide Cavaille-Coll organ built by the famous French organ builder who also created the organs at Notre Dame, St. Sulpice and and many other French cathedrals. The murals are the work of Leon Pomarede, a young artist who painted them for $1000 each in 1841. The church was built under the administration of Archbishop Antoine Blanc, who received his pallium, as the head of the fourth archdiocese in the United States, at St. Patrick's in 1851. St. Patrick's was used as the City's cathedral while St. Louis Cathedral was being rebuilt. The remains of Father James I. Mullon, a native of Ireland, a veteran of the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812, and the second pastor of St. Patrick's, lie buried beneath the sanctuary.
The late Monsignor John P. Reynolds, whose family lived in the parish in its early days, undertook a monumental restoration project with the help of noted architect Samuel Wilson, Jr. After a dozen years and much determination, St. Patrick's was brought to complete restoration. Today many of St. Patrick's parishioners are from other areas of the city. The church's location in the heart of the commercial district have resulted in a branching out, with many faithful coming from outside of the original parish boundaries. St. Patrick's Church is one landmark that should be seen by every resident and visitor who hold an interest in historic buildings of the area.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR NEW PATRKCK MURPHY OPUS 53 ORGAN
New Orleans, Louisiana
Opus 53 - 3 manuals - 39 stops
Retaining the historic 1840 Henry Erben case
St. Patrick’s Roman
8' Geigen Diapason notes - 1 - 12
4' Geigen Octave
2 2/3' Nazard
1 3/5' Tierce
16' Contra Bombarde t.c.
4' Bombarde Clarion
8' Cor de Hoppè (Tuben III)
32' Diapason - Ind 10 2/3'
16' Open Diapason16' Violone (Gt)
Celeste 16' Bourdon
16' Lieblich Gedackt (Sw)
8' Diapason (Gt)
8' Octave Diapason
8' Rohrflute (Sw)
4' Principal (Gt)
4' Harmonic Flute (Gt)
16' Trombone (Ch)
16' Bassoon (Sw)
8' Bombarde (Ch)
8' Trumpet (Ch)
4' Clarion (Ch)
Contains all standard inter and intra manual couplers, MIDI, transposer, record / playback.
HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATION FOR
REPLACED MOLLER ORGAN OPUS 9614
Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA.
HISTORY OF THIS INSTRUMENT
THE ARTICLES BELOW DETAIL THE ST. PATRICK CHURCH ORGAN AS IT EXISTED IN 2008. IN 2008, THE CHURCH CONTRACTED FOR A NEW 3/49 ORGAN CONSTRUCTED AND INSTALLED IN 2009, BY THE FIRM OF PATRICK J. MURPHY AND ASSOCIATES OF STOWE, PENNSYLVANIA. THE ORIGINAL 1843 HENRY ERBEN CASE WAS RETAINED AS PART OF THE NEW INSTRUMENT.
organ case (visible above) was part of the church's original 1843 Henry
Erben organ. This organ remained in service until it was severely damaged
by the great hurricane of 1915. Although the case survived, the works
were totally destroyed. When the church was repaired after the storm,
the pipe work of Odell organ Opus 239 (1887), purchased from Trinity Episcopal
on Jackson Avenue, was incorporated into the old Erben case. During the
church's restoration under the pastorate of the late Msgr. John Reynolds,
a Moller organ (Opus 9614) was built under the tonal directorship of Ernest
White, noted Moller tonal designer of that era. The Moller was installed,
as a replacement for the Odell works, in the historic Erben case. This
instrument, complete with the historic case, is still in use today. Church
organist Joe Hoppe is credited with having contributed much to the preservation
of the instrument over the years.
SPECIFICATION FOR MOLLER ORGAN OPUS 9614, (Built 1962) 3 manuals, 27 ranks
(Organ is installed in the church's original 1843 Henry Erben case.
Thanks to Jeff Scofield for providing the specification information
|8' Diapason 61||16' Rohrgedeckt 61||8' Gedeckt 61||16' Principal 32|
|8' Bourdon 61||
8' Rohrflote 12
|8' Erzahler 61||16' Bourdon 32|
|8' Gemshorn 61||8' Viole de Gambe 61||8' Erzahler Celeste 49 tc||16' Rohrgedeckt SW|
|4' Octave 61||8' Viole Celeste 49 tc||4' Koppelflote 61||8' Principal 12|
|2' Waldflote 61||4' Principal 61||2 2/3' Nazard 61||8' Bourdon 12|
|IV Fourniture 244||4' Nachthorn 61||2' Blockflote 61||8' Rohrflote SW|
|Sub||III Plein Jeu 183||1 3/5' Tierce 61||4' Octave 12|
|Unison Off||8' Trompette 61||8' Clarinet 61||4' Bourdon 12|
|Super||Tremulant||Tremulant||2' Octavin 12|
|Sub||Sub||16' Contre Trompette 12 SW|
|Unison Off||Unison Off||8' Trompette SW|
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