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There are a few organs which have disappeared during the last decades. They were either sold, transferred to the depot of the city of Paris or simply removed with unknown destination. Cathédrale Arménienne Saint-Jean-Baptiste This organ has been sold for one euro to the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Senlis. It will be used as a temporary organ during the restoration of the Great Organ Clicquot-Merklin. It left Paris in September 2018. It is replaced by a electronic device. Chapel of the former Collège des jésuites de l'Immaculée Conception. Hippolyte Loret, 1862. This organ has disappeared, there are no further data available. Chapel of the Palais du Luxembourg (today the Senat). It housed an organ dating to 1844, built by an unknown builder, nowadays missing. Chapelle de Franciscains Missionnaires de Marie/Chapelle Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc The Franciscanessen Missionarissen van Maria community in Paris sold the former convent (32, avenue Reille Paris XIV) in 2017 to a real estate developer and movedin 2020 to the XVII (37 rue Jean Leclaire). The organ was sold to a private person. Chapelle de l’Ecole Saint Michel de Picpus The organ of Stolz has been removed, there is no organ anymore. Chapelle des petites sœurs de l’Assomption In 2002, this organ (Puget, 1908; Gutschenritter, 1957) has been transferred to the paroisse Sainte- Croix-du-Port, Ivry-sur-Seine. Chapelle des soeurs du Saint-enfant Jésus In 1993, the chapel is reconstructed to be shared between a refectory on the ground floor, meeting rooms on a first floor and a chapel at the top. It is said that the organ has been sold to another church in Paris. To be verified… Chapelle du Palais des Tuileries This organ was built by Sebastien Erard and John Abbey in 1827, destroyed in July 1830 and rebuilt by Pierre Erard in 1855. Chapelle du Palais du Luxembourg (aujourd'hui Sénat). L’orgue construit en 1844 par un facteur inconnu, disparu. Chapelle Notre Dame Réconciliatrice de la Salette It seems that this organ (Cavaillé-Coll, vers 1880; Gutschenritter, 1961) was not transfered to the new chapel when the old chapel was demolished during the 1980’s. Chapelle Sainte Bernadette The organ of Koenig has been removed, there is an electronic device nowadays… Cinema-organs The six cinema-organs (le Paramount, le Madeleine, le Clichy Palace, l’Olympia, le Théâtre Pigalle et le Gaumont Palace) are gone, with the exeption of the organ of the cinéma Gaumont- Palace. o Gaumont-Palace Built in 1930 by Hill, Norman and Beard Limited from Norwich, IV/14, unit. This organ is moved in 1980 to the Pavillon Baltard (the old Halles de Paris) in Nogent-sur-Marne and restored by Dargassies. o Olympia Unit organ Cavaillé-Coll (1930) II/11 o Le Paramount Unit organ Wurlitzer (1927) II/10 (60), détruit en 1972 o Le Madeleine Unit organ Wurlitzer (1926) II/5 (35) , transported and rebuilt in 1937 at Stanford Hall, Loughborough (United Kingdom) o Marivaux Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll (1918), transported and rebuilt by Helbig in 1953 at Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, Argentré-du-Plessis (35). Current composition o Palais-Rochechouart Merklin-organ o Clichy Palace Unit organ (7 real stops) built in 1928 by Standaart (Rotterdam, Netherlands). The console has a pedalboard of 30 notes, two keyboards and a piano of 88 notes. It has 7 real stops, extended to about 14 stops, it has many percussions, bass drum, drum, cymbal, wood- block, whistle, siren, hail, gong, tube chime ect. The box containing the pipes was rebuilt and is completely removable. The organ is equipped with a "midi" system with diskettes that allows the organist to record and listen to himself. Now privately owned and for sale. o Théâtre Pigalle Organ Cavaillé-Coll (1932) III/43 (55) Concerts Colonne Organ of Mutin, built at the beginning of the XXth century and sold in 1927 to the parish of Saint- Nicolas, Meursault (Côte-d'Or). It’s stoplist is identical to that of the choir organ of Notre-Dame- de-la-Croix. Source et composition Conservatoire Municipal Gabriel Fauré According to the reception, there is no pipe organ anymore at the conservatoire. Ecole César Franck 8, rue Gît-le-Coeur. This school possesed an organ built by Haerpfer- Ermann in 1969 (II/6). The school has been closed and it is unknown where the organ is nowadays. Eglise évangélique Baptiste de Paris This church housed an organ built by Gonzalez 1965, II/8 (6). It is not there anymore. Eglise luthérienne des Billettes, choir organ In 1987, the church acquired a small choir organ built by Muhleisen. This Positive of 4 stops with pedal ‘en tirasse’ is said to have been sold to a temple in Marseille in the early 2000s. Eglise Eglise luthérienne La Trinité This organ (Ménard, 1847, I/7) was replaced by an electronic device; only the organ case survived. Notre-Dame de-la-gare, orgue de choeur This organ (1860, (I/4) was sold in 1991 to a private person. Notre Dame de la Croix Little organ behind the altar: empty organ case, builder unknown. Notre Dame des Champs, choir organ This organ (Gonzalez, 1969) was removed years ago. Opéra comique: The first organ of the Opera- Comique (a small Cavaillé-Coll of 4 stops) was replaced by a larger instrument at an unknown date. This organ, whose console was already missing, was dismantled by Dargassies in 1999 and is stored at the workshop in Rambervilliers. The little Cavaillé-Coll was transferred to the church of Saint Germain les Corbeil (91). Palais du Trocadéro Built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll for the Word Exposition of 1878 at the Palais du Trocadéro, transfert in 1937 to the Palais de Chaillot and in 1977 to the Auditorium Maurice-Ravel in Lyon. Plus d’informations… Audio: o commentaires dialogués entre André Marchal et Norbert Dufourcq (1962) o improvisation André Marchal : nous n’irons plus au bois o Rare recordings of the organ at the Palais de Chaillot Saint Denis-de-la-Chapelle No organ (see: Sainte Jeanne d'Arc) Saint Georges de la Villette The organ on the tribune was built by Abbey in 1900. Remaining authentic until 1967, it was then the subject of a series of unfinished transformations. Very degraded following the restoration of the church in 1983, the instrumental part was dismantled and only the buffet remained in place. Some of the pipes were then integrated into the choir organ. Salle Berlioz (now: Théâtre de l’œuvre) This organ was built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1890. In 1909, it was transfered to the church Sainte Geneviève des grandes carrières. Original composition Salle Gaveau This hall housed an organ built in 1900 by Mutin (III/39) ; only the facade survived - the instrument itself was moved to Saint-Saëns (Normandie). Original composition Salle Pleyel This hall housed a big organ, built by the Société anonyme française de facture d’orgues Cavaillé-Coll in 1929 (IV/70) and inaugurated by Marcel Dupré in 1930. It was removed in the fifties and seems to have been moved several times during the follwing years. It is now said to be stored in some warehouse somewhere in France. There is only a photo of the console, the organ had no case. Photos of the pipework (thanks to Christian Tedesco). Original composition Salle de concerts Touche Organ of Mutin (1906). Moved to l'église Saint- Dominique de Paris in 1926 and later to Saint- Antoine-de-Padoue after the second world war. Studio 103 and 104 de la Maison de Radio- France The organ of Müller of Studio 103 was transferred in 2008 to l'église Sainte Jeanne-d'Arc de Versailles. The Gonzalez organ of Studio 104 was transferredto Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, the cathedral of Lille. Study of Charles Gounod L’orgue de salon Cavaillé-Coll, 1879, II/16 (12) of the study of Charles Gounod located at 20 place Malesherbes à Paris, moved to Bordeaux in 1937 and later to Saint-Pierre in Sauve (Gironde). Theatre-Lyrique The organ of the Hall at the Boulevard du Temple (Cavaillé-Coll, 1859, II/8): moved as choir organ to the Cathédrale de Grenoble in 1869, after that to the Petit Séminaire de Saint-Antoine-L'Abbaye (1928) and finally to the Church of St. Didier of Voreppe. Current composition The organ of the Hall at the Place du Châtelet (Cavaillé-Coll, 1864, II/8): Transferred to Belle-Ile- en-Mer in 1875 by Cavaillé who added the buffet and the pipes in front. Restored by Bernard Hurvy, 1992. Composition Théâtre Pigalle Organ Cavaillé-Coll (1932), III/43 (55)
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Missing organs

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There are a few organs which have disappeared during the last decades. They were either sold, transferred to the depot of the city of Paris or simply removed with unknown destination. Cathédrale Arménienne Saint-Jean-Baptiste This organ has been sold for one euro to the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Senlis. It will be used as a temporary organ during the restoration of the Great Organ Clicquot-Merklin. It left Paris in September 2018. It is replaced by a electronic device. Chapel of the former Collège des jésuites de l'Immaculée Conception. Hippolyte Loret, 1862. This organ has disappeared, there are no further data available. Chapel of the Palais du Luxembourg (today the Senat). It housed an organ dating to 1844, built by an unknown builder, nowadays missing. Chapelle de Franciscains Missionnaires de Marie/Chapelle Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc The Franciscanessen Missionarissen van Maria community in Paris sold the former convent (32, avenue Reille Paris XIV) in 2017 to a real estate developer and movedin 2020 to the XVII (37 rue Jean Leclaire). The organ was sold to a private person. Chapelle de l’Ecole Saint Michel de Picpus The organ of Stolz has been removed, there is no organ anymore. Chapelle des petites sœurs de l’Assomption In 2002, this organ (Puget, 1908; Gutschenritter, 1957) has been transferred to the paroisse Sainte- Croix-du-Port, Ivry-sur-Seine. Chapelle des soeurs du Saint-enfant Jésus In 1993, the chapel is reconstructed to be shared between a refectory on the ground floor, meeting rooms on a first floor and a chapel at the top. It is said that the organ has been sold to another church in Paris. To be verified… Chapelle du Palais des Tuileries This organ was built by Sebastien Erard and John Abbey in 1827, destroyed in July 1830 and rebuilt by Pierre Erard in 1855. Chapelle du Palais du Luxembourg (aujourd'hui Sénat). L’orgue construit en 1844 par un facteur inconnu, disparu. Chapelle Notre Dame Réconciliatrice de la Salette It seems that this organ (Cavaillé-Coll, vers 1880; Gutschenritter, 1961) was not transfered to the new chapel when the old chapel was demolished during the 1980’s. Chapelle Sainte Bernadette The organ of Koenig has been removed, there is an electronic device nowadays… Cinema-organs The six cinema-organs (le Paramount, le Madeleine, le Clichy Palace, l’Olympia, le Théâtre Pigalle et le Gaumont Palace) are gone, with the exeption of the organ of the cinéma Gaumont- Palace. o Gaumont-Palace Built in 1930 by Hill, Norman and Beard Limited from Norwich, IV/14, unit. This organ is moved in 1980 to the Pavillon Baltard (the old Halles de Paris) in Nogent-sur-Marne and restored by Dargassies. o Olympia Unit organ Cavaillé-Coll (1930) II/11 o Le Paramount Unit organ Wurlitzer (1927) II/10 (60), détruit en 1972 o Le Madeleine Unit organ Wurlitzer (1926) II/5 (35) , transported and rebuilt in 1937 at Stanford Hall, Loughborough (United Kingdom) o Marivaux Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll (1918), transported and rebuilt by Helbig in 1953 at Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, Argentré-du-Plessis (35). Current composition o Palais-Rochechouart Merklin-organ o Clichy Palace Unit organ (7 real stops) built in 1928 by Standaart (Rotterdam, Netherlands). The console has a pedalboard of 30 notes, two keyboards and a piano of 88 notes. It has 7 real stops, extended to about 14 stops, it has many percussions, bass drum, drum, cymbal, wood- block, whistle, siren, hail, gong, tube chime ect. The box containing the pipes was rebuilt and is completely removable. The organ is equipped with a "midi" system with diskettes that allows the organist to record and listen to himself. Now privately owned and for sale. o Théâtre Pigalle Organ Cavaillé-Coll (1932) III/43 (55) Concerts Colonne Organ of Mutin, built at the beginning of the XXth century and sold in 1927 to the parish of Saint- Nicolas, Meursault (Côte-d'Or). It’s stoplist is identical to that of the choir organ of Notre-Dame- de-la-Croix. Source et composition Conservatoire Municipal Gabriel Fauré According to the reception, there is no pipe organ anymore at the conservatoire. Ecole César Franck 8, rue Gît-le-Coeur. This school possesed an organ built by Haerpfer- Ermann in 1969 (II/6). The school has been closed and it is unknown where the organ is nowadays. Eglise évangélique Baptiste de Paris This church housed an organ built by Gonzalez 1965, II/8 (6). It is not there anymore. Eglise luthérienne des Billettes, choir organ In 1987, the church acquired a small choir organ built by Muhleisen. This Positive of 4 stops with pedal ‘en tirasse’ is said to have been sold to a temple in Marseille in the early 2000s. Eglise Eglise luthérienne La Trinité This organ (Ménard, 1847, I/7) was replaced by an electronic device; only the organ case survived. Notre-Dame de-la-gare, orgue de choeur This organ (1860, (I/4) was sold in 1991 to a private person. Notre Dame de la Croix Little organ behind the altar: empty organ case, builder unknown. Notre Dame des Champs, choir organ This organ (Gonzalez, 1969) was removed years ago. Opéra comique: The first organ of the Opera- Comique (a small Cavaillé-Coll of 4 stops) was replaced by a larger instrument at an unknown date. This organ, whose console was already missing, was dismantled by Dargassies in 1999 and is stored at the workshop in Rambervilliers. The little Cavaillé-Coll was transferred to the church of Saint Germain les Corbeil (91). Palais du Trocadéro Built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll for the Word Exposition of 1878 at the Palais du Trocadéro, transfert in 1937 to the Palais de Chaillot and in 1977 to the Auditorium Maurice-Ravel in Lyon. Plus d’informations… Audio: o commentaires dialogués entre André Marchal et Norbert Dufourcq (1962) o improvisation André Marchal : nous n’irons plus au bois o Rare recordings of the organ at the Palais de Chaillot Saint Denis-de-la-Chapelle No organ (see: Sainte Jeanne d'Arc) Saint Georges de la Villette The organ on the tribune was built by Abbey in 1900. Remaining authentic until 1967, it was then the subject of a series of unfinished transformations. Very degraded following the restoration of the church in 1983, the instrumental part was dismantled and only the buffet remained in place. Some of the pipes were then integrated into the choir organ. Salle Berlioz (now: Théâtre de l’œuvre) This organ was built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1890. In 1909, it was transfered to the church Sainte Geneviève des grandes carrières. Original composition Salle Gaveau This hall housed an organ built in 1900 by Mutin (III/39) ; only the facade survived - the instrument itself was moved to Saint-Saëns (Normandie). Original composition Salle Pleyel This hall housed a big organ, built by the Société anonyme française de facture d’orgues Cavaillé-Coll in 1929 (IV/70) and inaugurated by Marcel Dupré in 1930. It was removed in the fifties and seems to have been moved several times during the follwing years. It is now said to be stored in some warehouse somewhere in France. There is only a photo of the console, the organ had no case. Photos of the pipework (thanks to Christian Tedesco). Original composition Salle de concerts Touche Organ of Mutin (1906). Moved to l'église Saint- Dominique de Paris in 1926 and later to Saint- Antoine-de-Padoue after the second world war. Studio 103 and 104 de la Maison de Radio- France The organ of Müller of Studio 103 was transferred in 2008 to l'église Sainte Jeanne-d'Arc de Versailles. The Gonzalez organ of Studio 104 was transferredto Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, the cathedral of Lille. Study of Charles Gounod L’orgue de salon Cavaillé-Coll, 1879, II/16 (12) of the study of Charles Gounod located at 20 place Malesherbes à Paris, moved to Bordeaux in 1937 and later to Saint-Pierre in Sauve (Gironde). Theatre-Lyrique The organ of the Hall at the Boulevard du Temple (Cavaillé-Coll, 1859, II/8): moved as choir organ to the Cathédrale de Grenoble in 1869, after that to the Petit Séminaire de Saint-Antoine-L'Abbaye (1928) and finally to the Church of St. Didier of Voreppe. Current composition The organ of the Hall at the Place du Châtelet (Cavaillé-Coll, 1864, II/8): Transferred to Belle-Ile- en-Mer in 1875 by Cavaillé who added the buffet and the pipes in front. Restored by Bernard Hurvy, 1992. Composition Théâtre Pigalle Organ Cavaillé-Coll (1932), III/43 (55)