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BuilderID 2551

Builder Identification

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1805–1818; New York City, New York, 1818–1872.

Additional Notes

  • 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 James and Welford Hall; apprentice with John Lowe of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1805–1813; succeeded Lowe, 1813; married Maria Erben, sister of Henry Erben, March 18, 1818; in New York City, New York, late 1818; partner with Henry Erben in Hall & Erben of New York City, 1824-1847; operated firm, 1843; partner with John Labagh in Hall & Labagh of New York City, 1846; in successor Hall, Labagh & Co. with James Kemp, 1868; retired 1872, succeeded by Labagh & Kemp.

    Staff: George W. Earle; Reuben Midmer; Reuben Nichols.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 147.
    • John Ogasapian, Organ Building in New York City 1700-1900 (Braintree, MA: The Organ Literature Foundation 1977), 37.
    • Stephen Pinel.
    • The Tracker, 9:3 (Spring, 1966) 13.
    • The Tracker, 30:2 (Spring, 1986), 15.  

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing Editor, August 30, 2016. —

    Thomas Hall: American organ builder of English birth. "Hall's significance among nineteenth-century New York organbuilders lies not only in his own work but his training those who became major figures in the "New York City school," among them Henry Erben, Richard M. Ferris, and Hilborne Roosevelt."


    • John K. Ogasapian, "Hall, Thomas." in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), p. 238.

Database Entries

There are 20 entries in the database that describe organs by Thomas Hall.

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