The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1803

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts 1827-1872; succeeded by E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings.

Additional Notes

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

    The firm of E. & G. G. Hook was established by brothers Elias and George G. Hook in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1827; they relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1831. The Hook brothers had apprenticed with the organ builder William Goodrich prior to opening their own shop. By 1860, the firm was the largest organ builder in the United States. The firm was producing roughly twenty organs per year prior to stopping production during the Civil War. Production resumed in 1864, and reached its former level the same year. The firm was succeeded by E. & G. G. Hook & Hasting in 1872 when Frank Hastings became a full partner.


    • Orpha Ochse. The History of the Organ in the United States (Indiana University Press, 1975), 217.

  • For further information see E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings

Database Entries

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

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