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BuilderID 795

Builder Identification

Evanston, Illinois, 1977-2006.

Additional Notes

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

    Born 1946 in Grinnell, Iowa; graduate of Grinnell College; with Kurt Roderer, 9 years; established Prairie Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, 1977; established Bradford Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, 1986; active in 1991.


    • The Diapason, June 1986, 8.
    • Michael Friesen.
    • Organ Handbook (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1989), 7.
    • John Panning.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • From the Builders Listing editor, October 22, 2016. -

    Walter Bradford was born July 30, 19461 in Grinnell, Iowa; he was a graduate of Grinnell College. Bradford began his organbuilding career with Kurt Roderer, working there for nine years. He established Prairie Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, in 1977. He re-established his firm under the name Bradford Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, in 19862; it was still active at the time of Bradford's death on July 30, 2016.3


    1. Ron Damholt, email to the Organ Database Committee, dated October 21, 2016.
    2. David H. Fox, "Walter Bradford" A Guide to North American Organbuilders(Organ Historical Society, 1997), 80.
    3. Damholt email

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