The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1279

Builder Identification

Cincinnati, Ohio, by 1853.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    Born in Germany, 1823; in Cincinnati, Ohio, by 1853; organbuilder, serviceman; employee of Mathias [Schwab*]; (deathdate April 13, 1896?).

    *Fox only gives the name Mathias. Mathias Schwab was a German immigrant who operated an organbuilding firm in Cincinnati 1831-1860 and seems to be the most likely candidate for the person to whom Fox was referring. -Ed.
    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 186.
    • The Tracker, 12:2 (Spring, 1968), 2.
    • The Tracker, 20:3 (Summer, 1976), 11.

Database Entries

There is one entry in the database that describes an organ by John Closs.

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