The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1194

Builder Identification

Chicago, Illinois, by 1880 to at least 1884.

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). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    The Chicago Pipe Organ Co. was established by Matthew Schlaudecker in Chicago, Illinois, by 1880; it assumed this name by 1884.

    Staff: Nels Anderson; William F. Farber.


    • The Stopt Diapason #16 (newsletter of the Chicago-Midwest chapter of the Organ Historical Society).

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 17, 2018. -

    According to Michael Friesen-s article in The Stopt Diapason, Matthew Schlaudecker moved to Chicago in March 1875. He was first listed in the 1876 Chicago city directory as an organbuilder, with a shop at the southeast corner of LaSalle and Michigan (now Hubbard) Streets. The location of his shop changed at least twice in the following years. Beginning in 1880, he took out a large display ad in the directory that read, in part, "M. SCHLAUDECKER, Builder of all Sizes and Styles of PIPE ORGANS.” In 1884 his ad copy changed to "The Chicago Pipe Organ Co. - M. Slaudecker [sic], Pres. - Wm. F. Faber, Sec. & Treas. - Builders of all Sizes and Styles of PIPE ORGANS.” This was the last listing of, or advertising by, Schlaudecker in the Chicago city directory. In the 1885 directory Nels Anderson advertised as an organbuilder at the same address as that of Schlaudecker-s shop; Anderson was not listed in the 1886 directory.


    • Michael D. Friesen, "Matthew Schlaudecker, Chicago Organbuilder,” The Stopt Diapason (newsletter of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society), no. 16 (August 1982): 1 (reproduction of the 1880 advertisement), 3-5

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