The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 4131

Builder Identification

Succeeded James E. Treat & Co.; Methuen, MA; active, 1898-c. 1911.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). --

    Succeeded James E. Treat & Co.; established in Methuen, MA by James E. Treat and Edward F. Searles; active, 1898-c. 1911.

    Facility purchased in 1936 by Ernest M. Skinner, used as shop for E.M. Skinner & Son until 1943 when firm relocated.

    Staff: John M. Ingraham; Ammi P. Whiton.

    From Methune Memorial Music Hall website, accessed Oct 26, 2015 --

    Searles was a millionaire who had previously purchased the organ built for the Boston Music Hall by E.F. Walcker of Germany. He had Serlo Hall (now Methune Music Hall) built for it as part of his estate. Serles was a decorator with architectural training, and a talented pianist and organist as well, but had no experience in building organs. He likely agreed to provide financial backing to Treat in exchange for him setting up shop in Methune to install and maintain the organ.

  • For further information, see James Treat and Edward F. Searles.

Database Entries

There are 10 entries in the database that describe organs by Methuen Organ Co.

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