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Wilson S. Reiley (Riley) View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Washington, DC, 1881-1922.
Classification: Builder

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November 06, 2019:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, November 5, 2019. —

Excerpt from "A Riley Tracker, 1893, Restored":

Mr. Riley,* who appears to have been trained in the Roosevelt/Stein tradition, produced organs from his shop in Georgetown, District of Columbia. The few Riley organs that exist today appear to be rebuilds of earlier organs.

*This alternate spelling is used in this article. —Ed.

Source:

  • Gerald L. Piercey, "A Riley Tracker, 1893, Restored", The Tracker 21:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1976), 13.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 06, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed. 1997 with updated information). —

Born July 14, 1858 in Frederick, Maryland; in Washington, DC, 1879; organist; active in Georgetown, Washington, DC, by 1881; firm last listed 1922; died June 15, 1941.

Sources:

  • A Celebration of the Reiley Organ (Washington, DC: Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 1992)
  • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades).
  • Gerald L. Piercey, "A Riley Tracker, 1893, Restored", The Tracker 21:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1976), 13.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 05, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 9 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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