The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2372

Builder Identification

Erie, Pennsylvania; Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    Son of Anton and Regina Gottfried; graduate of Princeton University; with his father's firm in Erie, Pennsylvania; operated his own service firm in Jacksonville, Florida; representative of Casavant Firm of St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada, in Florida; died 7 Mar. 1986 in Jacksonville, Florida.


    • Tracker: 30:4 (Organ Historical Society, 1988), 14.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing Editor, updated May 9, 2016. —

    Henry Anton Gottfried (August 7, 1903 – March 1, 19861), was the son of Anton Gottfried and Regina Gottfried. He was a graduate of Princeton University; and worked with his father's firm, A. Gottfried & Co., in Erie, Pennsylvania. The senior Gottfried closed or sold his business in the late 1940s and moved to South Carolina; thus establishing the latest date that Henry could have worked there, although he may have left earlier.

    Henry Gottfried operated his own service firm in Jacksonville, Florida; most likely moving there in the late 1940s.* He was a representative of the Casavant Frères Ltée. of St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada, in Florida. Newspaper accounts have him installing and servicing Casavant instruments as late as 1964. He died in Jacksonville, Florida on March 1, 1986, at age 82.

    *We lack documentation on his actual date of opening his firm, this approximate date is based on other events: 1) He was born in 1903, if he began an apprenticeship in 1921 at age 18, he would have finished around 1928. The stock market crash of 1929 heralded the start of the worst economic period in United States history, hardly the time to be starting a new business. 2) The depression ended with the start of the United States involvement in World War II. As part of the war effort, all organ building and musical instrument manufacturing was halted in 1943, and organ repair was hampered by lack of materials. 3) His father closed his own firm in that period and moved south, although we do not know if father and son came together or one followed the other. –Ed.


    • David Fox, "Henry Anton Gottfried" A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997) 139-140.
    • Ray Laprise, "Organ Tuner Has an Ear for Tunes from 2,063 Pipes" Daytona Beach Journal, May 1, 1960.

  • See main entry: A. Gottfried & Co.

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