Holtkamp Organ Company
JOB 1574 - St Vitus Church, Cleveland OH
Current Restoration

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OPUS 1574 - St Vitus Church, Cleveland OH

We started with the St. Vitus organ restoration in 2008 with a new blower room installation (AR1046, AR1048).

The following year we continued with the console and the rest of the instrument, adding new pistons, controls and a state of the art electronic switching system (#2099).

The instrument was originally installed by the Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling Organ Co. in 1932.

A simplified version of the stenciling was used in the restoration of the facade.

People piping in to help

By Cecilia Dolgan

The Holtkamp organ  has been the musical centerpiece of St. Vitus Church since 1932.

And now suburbanites from Lake County are lending their expertise to the Cleveland church to not only restore the 2,000-pipe organ but also to ensure the Roman Catholic church's vitality.

"You can talk about your church in the city, but you really should do something for churches in the city," said Wickliffe resident Stan Kuhar, the parish finance director. "People should understand to give to their church, not just receive."Kuhar has tackled several improvement projects over the past few years, and he now is working as chairman of the committee to restore the 77-year-old organ, at a cost of $285,000.

Proceeds from the St. Vitus Parish Picnic, Sunday at the Slovenska Pristava recreation center in Harpersfield Township, will benefit the restoration, and an anonymous donor has pledged to match each $1 up to $100,000 for the organ repairs and new motors, that are being made by the Holtkamp Organ Co. of Cleveland. The 77-year-old instrument was constructed at a cost of $11,000.

Kuhar, 55, said St. Vitus started planning for its future 20 years ago before the recent plan by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to consolidate churches.

"We were mindful to stay true to the mission of our parish, and to contribute to the neighborhood," he said. "We started from scratch to establish an endowment fund, something new for us. I was a trustee on the committee, and we could not have done it without the help of Tom Lobe (an attorney who lives in Willoughby Hills).

"We also made plans to build St. Vitus Village, an independent living facility for seniors," Kuhar added. "We acquired parcels of land across the street from the church, which involved demolition and asbestos issues. Paul Kosir (project manager and Kirtland resident) was a major help to see the village through to construction."

The village was an investment of $6.5 million.

The Rev. Joseph Boznar, pastor of St. Vitus, credits the parishioners' assistance with keeping the church open.

"The success of restoration of our church pipe organ relates directly to the support of the project by St. Vitus Pastoral and Finance councils, including the ad hoc committee under the direction of the parish finance director Stan Kuhar," he said.

"On the financial side of things, I give full credit to unbelievable support of St. Vitus parishioners and friends of the parish."

St. Vitus is part of a cluster with St. Paul's Croatian Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception. There are 875 families that belong to the church located at East 62nd Street and Lausche Avenue, many of whom live in the suburbs.

Key Action:   Electropneumatic    
Stop Action:   Electropneumatic    
Compass:   Manuals   61  
      Pedal   32  
PEDAL   Wind Pressure = 3 1/8”    
  32’  Resultant (From #1)   0  
1 16’  Open Diapason Minore 32  
2 16’ Subbass     32  
  16’ Quintaton     Choir  
3   8’ Octave     32  
     8’ Cello     Choir  
     8’ Flute     Choir  
          5 1/3’ Twelfth     7  
     4’ Octave Flute   5  
    4’ Fifteenth     Choir  
GREAT   Wind Pressure 3 1/8”    
4   8’ Open Diapason   61  
    8’ Hohlflute     Choir  
    8’ Viola Barytone   Choir  
5   4’ Octave     61  
     4’ Hohlflute     Choir  
6   4’ Gemshorn     61  
7 2’ Fifteenth     61  
SWELL   Wind Pressure 7”    
8   8’ Geigen Principal   61 A
9   8’ Rohrflute     61 B
10   8’ Salicional     61 A
11   4’ Fugara     61 A
12   4’ Flauto Traverso   61 A
13 II Doublette     122 B
14 III Treble Mutations   111 B
15 16’ Waldhorn     61 B
16   8’ Trumpet     61 A
17   4’ Oboe Clairon   61 B
    Swell 16        
    Swell 4’        
      A = Front Ventil Chest    
      B = Rear Ventil Chest    
CHOIR   Wind Pressure 4 1/8”    
18 16’ Quintaton     61  
19   8’ Hohlflute     61  
20   8’ Viola Barytone   61  
21   8’ Gemshorn Dolce   61  
22   8’ Ludwigtone   61  
    4’ Hohlflute     9  
23         2 2/3’ Nachthorn     61  
24   2’  Harmonic Piccolo   61  
    Choir 16’        
    Choir 4’        
CHANCEL ORGAN (Prepared)      
25 16’ Lieblich Gedackt   32  
26   8’  Ludwig Tone   98  
27   8’ Erzahler     61  
28   8’ Chimney Flute   61  
29   8’ Violina     61  
30   4’ Flute Triangulaire   61  
  Great to Pedal   8’   Reversible by Piston
  Swell to Pedal   8’   Reversible by Piston
  Choir to Pedal   8’    Reversible by Piston
  Swell to Great 16’      
  Swell to Great   8’      
  Swell to Great   4’      
  Choir to Great 16’      
  Choir to Great   8’      
  Choir to Great   4’      
  Chancel to Great   8’      
  Swell to Choir 16’      
  Swell to Choir   8’      
  Swell to Choir   4’      
  Generals   1-2-3-4-5-6 Toe Studs and Pistons
  Pedal   1-2-3-4-5 Toe Studs
  Great   1-2-3-4-5 Pistons  
  Swell   1-2-3-4-5 Pistons  
  Choir   1-2-3-4-5 Pistons  
  Chancel   1-2-3-4   Pistons  
  Re-finished Original Holtkamp Stop Tab Console  
  Manual Natural Keys – Mammoth Ivory    
  Manual Sharp Keys – Ebony      
  Pedal Natural Keys – Maple      
  Pedal Sharp Keys – Rosewood      
  Stoptabs – Plastic        
  Organ Bench        
  Swell Expression Pedal      
  Choir Expression Pedal      
  Chancel Expression Pedal (Prepared For)    
  Crescendo Pedal        
  Crescendo Indicator        
  Full Organ Reversible - Toe Stud    
  Full Organ Indicator Light      
  General Cancel Piston      
  Great Cancel Piston        
  Swell Cancel Piston        
  Choir Cancel Piston        
  Next Piston        
  Previous Piston        






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