The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1989

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, 1830-1935; Southern United States, c1936-1840; New York City, New York, 1840-1858.

Additional Notes

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

    Born 19 Mar. 1818; half-brother of Levi, William, Louis, Henry, and George Stuart; apprentice with Henry Erben of New York City, New York, 1830-1835; in southern United States; returned to New York City, New York, 1840; partner with Henry Leamen in Leamen & Ferris, 1843; partner with William Henry Davis in Davis & Ferris of New York City, 1844-1849; partner with half-brother Levi Stuart in Ferris & Stuart of New York City, 1858; died 6 Dec. 1858 in New York City, New York.

    Staff: John E. Ayres; James Hoey; Reuben Midmer; Caleb S. Odell; John H. Odell; George N. Osler; Arnolph Polster; George J. Stuart; Henry C. Stuart; Levi U. Stuart; Louis J. Stuart; William S. Stuart, Sr.

    Patent #8,587; 16 Dec. 1851; organ and piano combined


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 164.
    • John Ogasapian, Organ Building in New York City 1700-1900 (Braintree, MA: The Organ Literature Foundation 1977), 97
    • Stephen Pinel.
    • Tracker: 30:1, 15.

Database Entries

There are 29 entries in the database that describe organs by Richard M. Ferris, (& Co.).

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