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BuilderID 1183

Builder Identification

B.1860, France; New York City, New York, 1880s; Westfield, Massachusetts, c.1888; Boston, Massachusetts, 1893; St. Louis, Missouri, 1903-1911.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    Nicholas Chatelain was born 1860 in Alsace-Lorraine, France; he apprenticed with the Zimmerman organ pipe metal foundry of Paris, France, 1875. He immigrated to the United States; and worked with the Roosevelt firm of New York City, New York, as a pipemaker. He was then with William A. Johnson firm of Westfield, Massachusetts, c. 1888; and with George S. Hutchings firm of Boston, Massachusetts in 1893. Returning to New York City, he was with Jardine & Sons. He was with George Kilgen & Sons of St. Louis, Missouri, working there from 1903 until his death in 1911.


    • Raymond J. Brunner.
    • Diapason Sep. 1911, [page number not given in Fox's Guide.]
    • John V. V. Elsworth, The Johnson Organs (Harrisville, New Hampshire: The Boston Organ Club, 1984), 43.

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