The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 362

Builder Identification

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900-1954.

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). -

    With Roosevelt firm branch shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1879; established F. A. Bartholomay & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900; resided in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, by 1920; retired and closed firm, 1954.*

    * According to Orpha Ochse, it was Frederick, the son, who closed the firm and retired.
    "Philadelphia ceased to be an organ-building city in 1954, when Frederick Bartholomay (the son) closed his doors in favor of retirement.�
      (Ochse, History of the Organ, 284 — see Sources below for full citation) -Ed.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 284.
    • The Diapason, November 1922, 22.

Database Entries

There are 6 entries in the database that describe organs by F. A. Bartholomay (& Sons).

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