Magazine article The Tracker

District of Columbia's Largest Residence Pipe Organ Saved from Demolition

Magazine article The Tracker

District of Columbia's Largest Residence Pipe Organ Saved from Demolition

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David M. Storey, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland, has signed a contract for relocation of the largest residence pipe organ in Washington, D.C. This 3-manual, 35-stop organ, Hook & Hastings Opus 2082, was featured in Volume XVI, Number 1 (Fall, 1971) of The Tracker and pictured on the front cover of the same issue. Dr. William Duncan McKim had the organ built in 1905 for his private residence, a large granite and brick mansion located at 18th and R Streets, NW. Larger than many church organs, this instrument towered 40 feet high in a music room designed especially for it.

William Duncan McKim was born in Baltimore in 1855. He studied medicine at Columbia University, where he earned his doctoral degree. After 17 years of medical practice, he retired in 1892 to follow intellectual and philosophical pursuits. In 1895 he earned a Ph.D. from the university in Leipzig. He settled into his Washington residence in 1905. A member of the prestigious Cosmos Club, he authored several books delineating his theories on social relations and progress. …

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