The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2544

Builder Identification

Hamden, Connecticut, ca. 1930.

Additional Notes

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

    Harry Hall was with Hook & Hastings of Kendal Green, Massachusetts, 1888; he was a partner with Herbert Harrison in Harrison & Hall of New Haven, Connecticut, 1897; then he operated the successor firm Hall Organ Co., 1898; he left the firm and formed Harry Hall Co. of Hamden, Connecticut, c. 1930. Harry Hall died at age 75.

    Staff: Floyd Lamb.

    Sources:

    • Diapason, Oct. 1945, 6.
    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 45, 252.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 403.
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  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 9, 2016. —

    While we do not have firm birth and death dates for Harry Hall, we can make reasonable estimates. He started with Hook & Hastings in 1888, if this was his first job in organ building, he would have likely been 17 or 18 years old, although some apprentices started as young as 13. That would put his birth between 1870 and 1877 with 1870 or 1871 being the more likely.

    He left the company that he founded and started another company with a similar name in 1930. A reasonable guess to his motivation was that he was moving to a semi-retired status, perhaps leaving building and erecting new instruments to his staff, while he did tuning and service work. If the early estimate of his birth is correct, that would have placed him in his between 63 and 70 years old. That puts his death at age 75 between 1935 and 1942 with 1935 or 1936 being the better candidates.

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by Harry Hall Co.


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