The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 927

Builder Identification

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mid to late 1800s

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 20 years experience in 1866; active in 1880.


    • Census. [1880?]
    • Monmouth Democrat: 26 July 1866.

  • Note from the OHS Online Organ Database Builders Listing editor Stephen Hall, March 18, 2017. -

    Joseph Buffington established his business in Philadelphia in 1842. By 1867 he had built 150 organs. Included in the list are St. Philip de Neri, St. Theresa, and St. Alphonsus Catholic Churches; the Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Penn Square Presbyterian Churches; the Western, Trinity, and Green Street Methodist Churches; and the Spruce Street and Tabernacle Baptist Churches, all of Philadelphia. All of these were described as "large Organs, of splendid tone and good workmanship, which have deservedly given Mr. Buffington a high reputation." Buffington's instruments were concentrated in the Philadelphia area, but he had at least one instrument in Jacksonville, Florida, (OHS Database ID 10555).


    • Edwin T. Freedley, Philadelphia and Its Manufactures: A Hand-book of the Great Manufactories and Representative Mercantile Houses of Philadelphia in 1867 (Philadelphia, 1867), 549.
    • OHS Database ID 10555, Organ Historical Society Pipe Organ Database,

Database Entries

There are 20 entries in the database that describe organs by Joseph Buffington.

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