St. Thomas Church, Jamaica Plain

97 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Updated 2014

St Thomas Aquinas houses Opus 160 (3-37), built originally for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (now Cathedral) downtown and moved to Jamaica Plain in the 1890s. This instrument is the largest extant pre-Civil War American organ in the United States (1854). The organ has seven reed stops, outstanding flutes and remarkable choruses that ‘skillfully balance cohesion with energy’ (Scot Huntington, Organ Historical Society convention handbook for Boston 2000).

 

E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 160, 1854
George S. Hutchings, Opus 551, c. 1898