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BuilderID 394

Builder Identification

Gloversville, New York, 1853-1904.

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). -

    Giles Beach was born May 29, 1826, in Johnstown, New York; he was the father of Arthur D. Beach. Giles was an apprentice with Augustus Backus of Troy, New York, from 1844 until after 1850.

    In 1853, he acquired land to build his own organ factory in Gloversville, New York. The business was successful and in 1861, he built a larger factory and became known as American Church Organ Works. A third, still larger factory was built in 1871; it was destroyed by fire on Sept. 28, 1876. Giles retired in 1904; and was succeeded by his son, Arthur. Giles Beach died on September 9, 1906 in Gloversville, New York.

    Staff: Anson Beal, Henry Fosmire, Henry T. Levi, Stephen Moore.

    Patent #168,212; 28 Sep. 1875; organ bellows apparatus
    Patent #213,612; 25 Mar. 1879; cardboard organ pipe

    • Boston Organ Club Newsletter 127:11.
    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 169, 281.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 398. 
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • The Tracker, 9:2, (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1965), 9.
    • The Tracker, 32:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1965), 27.
    • "Historian Gathers Data about Life, Work of Beach...," Fulton Co. Republican, April 12, 1961.
    • Stephen Pinel.

Database Entries

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