The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 345

Builder Identification

Chicago, Illinois 1930s-1970s.

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). -

    Born c. 1893; organ architect, author, and consultant in Chicago, Illinois; died 11 Oct. 1980.


    • Boston Organ Club Newsletter, 127:4.
    • Social Security Death Index.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, June 20, 2017. -

    William H. Barnes was the author of The Contemporary American Organ, a popular text on American pipe organbuilding which went through several printings. He was a proponent of the eclectic electro-pneumatic style organ and was not enthused by the return to the "Bach organ" movement which gradually took hold in the 1960s and continued through the 1970s.

Database Entries

There is one entry in the database that describes an organ by William H. Barnes.

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