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BuilderID 1292

Builder Identification

Boston area, Massachusetts, 1881-1887; Baltimore, Maryland, 1889; Boston area, 1890-1892; Chicago, Illinois, by 1896-1909.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Walter S. Coburn shared a residence with Calvin and Charles F. Coburn (cousin). He was with the Hutchings Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a bookkeeper; then as an organbuilder in the Boston area, 1881-1887. He moved and was with the Roosevelt firm branch shop in Baltimore, Maryland, 1889, manager. Returning to the Boston area, 1890-1892, he worked again as a bookkeeper, then as a draftsman.

    Coburn moved to the Midwest and established W. S. Coburn & Co. of Chicago, Illinois, by 1896. This was followed by a partnership with George Taylor as Coburn & Taylor of Chicago, c. 1900-1909. After the partnership ended, he established Coburn Organ Co. of Chicago. Walter Coburn died 21 November, 1934, at age 70. His company was succeeded by Temple & Howard of Chicago.


    • Local directories of the period and place.
    • The Diapason, December 1934:19.
    • Stopt Diapason #27 (Hoffman Estates, Ill.: Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society).

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