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BuilderID 2546

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, by 1826; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1829–1843; firm in Baltimore, Maryland, 1845.

Additional Notes

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

    Brother of Thomas S. and Welford Hall1, grandfather of J. Edward Schad and Walter Schad; partner with Welford Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by 1825; with Thomas Hall firm of New York City, New York, by 1826; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1829-1843; operated firm in Baltimore, Maryland, 1845, firm acquired by Henry Erben of New York City, 1845, Hall remained as superintendent; After his departure from the Erben firm, he again formed his own business, this time in partnership with his grandson J. Edward Schad. James Hall Co was established in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1884, and was last listed in 19282.

    Editor's notes:
    1. According to Stephen Pinel (see below), Welford may have been a cousin.
    2. Hall died in 1888 (Pinel), the firm was continued by Schad.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 174, 292.
    • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades)
    • Stephen Pinel.
    • John Speller.
    • Thomas S. Eader, "The Baltimore Organ Builders", The Tracker 2:3 (April, 1958), 3.
    • The Tracker 32:1 (Winter, 1988), 22.
    • Thomas S. Eader, "The Baltimore Organ Builders' Story" Part 4, The Tracker 3:3, (April, 1959), 4.

  • Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, August 20, 2017. —

    Born in Philadelphia, probably served apprenticeship with his older brother Thomas. In partnership with Wilfred (Welford) Hall in Philadelphia before 1825. With his brother Thomas in New York City 1826. Returned to Philadelphia 1827. Relocated to Baltimore in 1845, from 1853 to 1866 he was an agent for Henry Erben's branch in that city.

    Stephen Pinel, "Hall, James (1803-1888)" in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), 238.

  • See also: Henry Erben and J. Edward Schad

Database Entries

There are 5 entries in the database that describe organs by James Hall, (Co.).

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