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BuilderID 322

Builder Identification

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1865-1877.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    Born in Wiedenbrück, Westphalia, Germany; father of Carl and Lorenz Barckhoff; immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1865, and established Felix Barckhoff & Sons; died 1877; succeeded by Carl Barckhoff.


    • The Cypher: 17:4.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 54.
    • The Tracker: 22:4, 1.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • From the OHS PC Database, Builders Listing editor, September 3, 2015. -

    "Organ builder Felix Barckhoff, brought the family to the United States in 1865; and in that same year the first Barckhoff organ was built in this country. The firm, established in Philadelphia, was for a time during the 1870s known as Felix Barckhoff and Sons - the sons being Carl [Sr] and Lorenz."

    Anita Campbell, "A Pipe Dream comes true - Organ Celebration Concert in Calumet Aug. 5 [2009]", Keweenaw Now Blog,; Accessed September 3, 2015.

  • Carl continued managing the organ building company after his father's death under various names: Barckhoff Brothers, Barckhoff Church Organ Co., and Barckhoff Organ Co. See main entry: Carl Barckhoff

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by Felix Barckhoff (& Sons).

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