The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2587

Builder Identification

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1900–1903.

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). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    Partnership of Joseph Hann and Adolph Wangerin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1900; succeeded by Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt Co., 1903.

    Staff: Paul J. Kuechle.


    • Local directories of the period.

  • Note from the Organ Database Builders Listing editor Stephen Hall, April 22, 2017. —

    It is not clear that Hann-Wangerin was an organbuilding firm. Joseph Hann was an architect and Adolph Wangerin was a furniture maker specializing in church furnishings. Neither seems to have had prior training in organbuilding. The Database contains only one organ listed as Hann-Wangerin, (Organ ID 540, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and it lacks the original nameplate.

    In 1903, organbuilder George Weickhardt joined the firm, and it becomes Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt Co. From that point onward, it was definitely an organbuilding firm. Interestingly, the name plate on the Wangerin-Weickhardt organ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Freeport, Minnesota (Organ ID 41654) reads "The Weickhardt organ built by Wangerin-Weickhardt Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin" indicating that the organs were considered to be by Weickhardt even though the company name is Wangerin-Weickhardt. By the time of Weickhardt's death in 1919, Wangerin was sufficiently knowledgeable to continue the company on his own, although Philipp Wirsching was hired as head voicer at that point.

Database Entries

There is one entry in the database that describes an organ by Hann-Wangerin.

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