(formerly The Church of the Redeemer, Universalist)
236 Main Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

Courtesy of Russell & Company Organbuilders;  Russell & Company Organbuilders

Edwin L. Holbrook, East Medway, Massachusetts, 1850
Restored & renovated by Stephen J. Russell & Company, Cambridgeport, Vermont, 2001

Two manuals and pedal
Mechanical Key and Stop Action
3 divisions, 19 ranks, 21 stops
Manual compass: 56 notes (C to g3)
Pedal compass: 27 notes (C to d1)

Organ Specifications


8' Open Diapason
8' Melodia Treble
(39 notes: f to g3)
8' Viola
(39 notes: f to g3)
8' Dulciana
(39 notes: f to g3)
8' Stopped Diapason Bass
(17 notes: C to e)
4' Principal
4' Flute
2 2/3' Twelfth
2' Fifteenth
1 3/5' Tierce


(enclosed) and CHOIR
8' Swell Open Diapason
(44 notes: c to g3)
8' Swell Stopped Diapason Treble
(44 notes: c to g3)
8' Swell Dulciana
4' Swell Principal
2 2/3' Swell Twelfth
2' Swell Fifteenth
8' Swell Hautboy
8' Choir Bass
(12 notes: C to B)


16' Open Wood
16' Sub Bass
8' Bourdon


8' Coupled Great & Swell
(couples both Swell and Choir)
8' Coupled Pedals & Great
8' Coupled Pedals & Choir
(couples both Swell and Choir)


Hitchdown Swell Pedal

Stop Jambs (Courtesy of Russell & Company Organbuilders;  Russell & Company Organbuilders)

The organ had a short compass swell and pedal with a revival case. Recessed console with drawknobs and straight stepped jambs. Orginal specifications included 16 ranks and 19 stops. Stephen J. Russell & Company added 3 ranks and 2 stops in the 2001 restoration enlarging the pedalboard. Balanced Swell pedal in normal location, over E-F in pedal tenor octave. Flat pedal keyboard placed in a position typical of AGO 2 manual consoles. Pitch is a t A=440 at 72 degrees.

Ted Gilbert performed most of the re-voicing & regulation. The organ retains a typical early American tonal quality, though somewhat brighter than the later 19th century work we are accustomed to hearing. The action is the same as the original Holbrook.

Key aspects of the historically sensitive renovation in 2001:

New blower
Expansion of the pedal keyboard, Subbass rank from 18 to 27 pipes, and a new (flat) pedalboard (formerly had an unusual short-octave arrangement)
Expansion of seven Swell ranks from a 44- to 56-note compass
Replacement of Great Keraulophon 8' with Tierce 1 3/5'
Addition of a soft Bourdon 16' and 8' stop in the Pedal division
Complete structural refurbishing of the instrument, with extensive wood grain strategy improvement

Source: Organ Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
           Organs of the United States and Canada Database (OUSCDB), Seattle, Washington
           Russell & Company Organbuilders, Chester, Vermont