The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 535

Builder Identification

Melrose Park, Illinois, 1967-73; Bellwood, Illinois, from 1973.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    Born 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio; attended Concordia College of River Forest, Illinois, 1957-1961; teacher, organist; established firm in Melrose Park, Illinois, 1967; relocated firm to Bellwood, Illinois, as the Berghaus Organ Co., Nov. 1973; active in 1991.


    • Letter to David H. Fox.
    • Organ Handbook (OHS Press, 1989), p4.
    • Stopt Diapason #28, Newsletter Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, Mar 20, 2016 -

    Leonard G. Berghaus was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1938; he attended Concordia College of River Forest, Illinois, 1957-1961. He was a teacher, and an organist before he established his organbuilding firm in Melrose Park, Illinois, in 1967. He relocated the firm to Bellwood, Illinois, as the Berghaus Organ Co., in November 1973.1 As of 2016, the firm is active. Leonard Berghaus is semi-retired; his son, Brian Berghaus, runs the daily operation as president of the firm.2


    1. David H. Fox, "Leonard G. Berghaus" A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Organ Historical Society, 1997), p70.
    2. Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders Inc. website, accessed Nov 15, 2015.

Database Entries

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