The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 5689

Builder Identification

Los Angeles, California, 1930sā€“1979.

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) ā€”

    Acquired Alfred G. Kilgen Co. of Los Angeles, California, 1956.

    Source:

    • The Diapason January 1956, 3.

  • From the OHS PC Database, Builders Listing Editor, updated March 5, 2016. ā€”

    Richard C. Simonton (1915-1979) was a Hollywood businessman and entrepreneur, known for his work in preserving the work of musicians in the Welte-Mignon piano rolls, and for founding the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS). He also purchased the business interests of the Alfred Kilgen firm of Los Angeles, but whether he was actively involved or not in running the company is open to question.

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by Richard C. Simonton.


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