The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 705

Builder Identification

England prior to 1889; Reading, Massachusetts 1907-11; Detroit MI; Boston MA 1921; San Francisco CA; Santa Monica CA; Berkeley CA 1928; San Diego CA 1930's-60's

Additional Notes

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

    Born in Liverpool, England, c. 1884; immigrated to the United States, c. 1889; with Samuel Pierce Organ Pipe firm of Reading, Massachusetts, 1907-1911, pipemaker; with Farrand & Votey of Detroit, Michigan; with The Ernest M. Skinner Organ Co. of South Boston, Massachusetts , 1921, pipemaker; with Felix Schoenstein & Sons of San Francisco, California, pipemaker; with Artcraft Organ Co. of Santa Monica, California; operated his own firm in Berkeley, California, 1928; operated a service firm in San Diego, California, 1930s; active in 1960s.


    • Peter Cameron.
    • The Diapason, February 1928, 52.
    • Local directories of the period.
    • Doris E. Bolton Gideon.
    • Louis J. Schoenstein, Memoirs of a San Francisco Organ Builder (San Francisco: Cue Publications, 1977), 676.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

Database Entries

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