The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 4004

Builder Identification

Germany, before1853; New York City, New York, 1853–1856; California, from 1856–1909.

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). —

    Born May 27, 1823 in Schomberg, Württemberg, Germany; father of Fred Mayer; apprentice in Düsseldorf, Germany; in Strassburg, in Stuttgart, Germany.

    In New York City, New York, 1853; in Maryville, California, 1856; in San Francisco, California, 1860; retired to Santa Clara, California, 1885; active in San Francisco, California, 1899; died October 15, 1909 in San Francisco, California.

    Staff: Felix Schoenstein.


    • James Lewis.
    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 189.
    • Louis J. Schoenstein, Memoirs of a San Francisco Organ Builder (San Francisco: Cue Publications, 1977), 672.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

Database Entries

There are 33 entries in the database that describe organs by Joseph Severin Mayer.

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