Saint-Augustin was built between 1860 and 1871 by Victor Baltard in an eclectic style combining Gothic and Romanesque elements. It is almost 100 metres in length, with a dome of 80 metres in height, and was one of the first great buildings in Paris constructed around a metal frame. This church is a good example of the Parisan architecture during the Second French Empire, directed by Baron Haussmann, with many rectilinear avenues, which called for prestigious buildings at prominent locations.
The organ was built by Charles Barker & Albert Peschard and inaugurated in 1868. It was an innovative instrument, the first organ equipped with an electro - pneumatic transmission (type Peschard - not to be confused wioth the type Schmoele-Mol which was used by Merklin). In 1870 this system was improved by Paul Férat, one of the pupils of Charles Barker. In 1889, the maintenance was given to Cavaillé-Coll (i.c. his son Gabriel, who was the expert on electricity). However, shortly afterwards, Gabriel left the company and Cavaillé-Coll decided tot carry out a major reconstruction of the organ, with the replacement of the electro - pneumatic transmission by a mechanical transmission assisted by the Barker lever, the extension of the three keyboards to 56 notes and the pedal to 30 notes, and the addition of 9 stops. The new organ was inaugurated in 1899 by Eugène Gigout. In 1925, Charles Mutin extended the instrument to 54 stops, and in 1962 the Beuchet company (i.c. Picaud) added mixtures on each manual and replaced the clarinette of the positif with a cromorne. A restoration amd reharmonisation was carried out in 1988 by Bernard Dargassies, attempting to return to the original symphonic instrument.
|Main builder||History||Latest restauration|
|1868 - Charles Barker||
1898 - Cavaillé-Coll
1945 - Beuchet-Debierre
1962 - Beuchet
1988 - Dargassies
1988 - Bernard Dargassies
III/53 - Mechanical traction with Barker (all manuals)
Titulaire: Didier Matry
Famous organists in the past: Eugène Gigout, Jean Hure, André Fleury, Suzanne Chaisemartin
Masses with organ: saturday 18.30, sunday 10.00, 11.00, 19.00