I read the breaking news last night about the incredible loss of St. Sava — formerly Trinity Parish — which housed two Odell organs (the first a rebuild of an earlier Hall and Labaugh) but it was the latter one (Odell Opus 548, 1922) that I had come to know quite well.
Stepping into the sanctuary at St. Sava, which was then effectively the National Home of the Serbian Othrdox Church in America, was like stepping into a time capsule. Since the purchase of the building from Trinity Wall Street in the 1940s the only major interior change was the installation of "a large Iconostasis (altar screen), carved at the Monastery of St. Naum in Yugoslavia, and containing 40 richly painted icons, was installed behind the altar." -- Lawson
Richard Upjohn’s unmistakable artwork was otherwise everywhere to be found; the place a veritable a treasure house of gothic detail. Such details were sadly only dimly lit, as the original chandeliers, now fixed with ordinary bulbs were the only source of light.
The organ was nearly purchased by a German church who had sent their firm over for a second survey with me, possibly seeking to augment it with some Odell pipework I had in inventory. We spent a few agreeable days together talking shop, but alas, nothing came of it. Last I had heard, the organ had been removed.