The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 794

Builder Identification

Evanston, Illinois from 1986. (Successor to Prairie Organ Co.)

Additional Notes

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

    Established by Walter Bradford in Evanston, Illinois, in 1986 as successor to Prairie Organ Co.; active in 1991.

    Staff: Roger Daggy; Ronald Damholt.


    • Diapason, June 1986, 8.
    • Michael Friesen.
    • Organ Handbook (OHS Press, 1989), 7.
    • John Panning.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 14, 2016. -

    In 1977 Walter Bradford established Prairie Organ Company of Evanston, Illinois, which he incorporated (together with Ron Damholt) in 1981, changing its name to Bradford Organ Company in 1986. Specializing in mechanical action instruments, the company built, restored and maintained pipe organs.


    • Email from Ronald Damholt received 31 October 2016.

Database Entries

There are 24 entries in the database that describe organs by Bradford Organ Co.

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Original Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Nick Pershey

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by James Brian Smith