The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 5892

Builder Identification

Westfield, Massachusetts, 1867-1879; Springfield, Massachusetts, 1879-1900.

Additional Notes

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

    Born April 10, 1824 in Southwick, Massachusetts; father of John S. and Frank J. Steere; shared residence with S. D. Steer; apprentice to cabinetmaker in Tarriffville, Connecticut, age 17-21; with father-in-law William A. Johnson of Westfield, Massachusetts, c. 1847; partner with George William Turner in Steer & Turner of Westfield, (1867-1879), then Springfield, Massachusetts (1879-1891); altered name from 'Steer' to 'Steere', c. 1880; operated J. W. Steere & Sons of Springfield, 1892-1894 and J. W. Steere & Son after 1894; died 11 Dec. 1900 in East Cambridge, Massachusetts; succeeded by John S. Steere.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 240.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 413.
    • Organ Handbook: 1985, 23.

Database Entries

There are 2 entries in the database that describe organs by J. W. Steer(e).

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