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BuilderID 2546

Builder Identification

New York City, NY, by 1826; Philadelphia, PA, 1829-43; firm in Baltimore, MD, 1845, acquired by Henry Erben of New York City, NY, 1845, remained as superintendent; partner Baltimore 1884

Additional Notes

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

    Brother of Thomas S. and Welford Hall1, grandfather of J. Edward Schad and Walter Schad; partner with Welford Hall in Philadelphia, PA, by 1825; with Thomas Hall firm of New York City, NY, by 1826; in Philadelphia, PA, 1829-1843; operated firm in Baltimore, MD, 1845, firm acquired by Henry Erben of New York City, NY, 1845, remained as superintendent; After his departure from the Erben firm, he again formed his own business, this time in partnership with his grandson J. Edward Schad. James Hall Co was established in Baltimore, MD, in 1884, and was last listed in 19282.

    NOTES:
    1. According to Stephen Pinel (see below), Welford may have been a cousin.
    2. Hall died in 1888 (Pinel), the firm was continued by Schad.

  • Stephen Pinel, "Hall, James (1803-1888)" in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), p.238 --

    Born in Philadelphia, probably served apprenticeship with his older brother Thomas. In partnership with Wilfred (Welford) Hall in Philadelphia before 1825. With his brother Thomas in New York City 1826. Returned to Philadelphia 1827. Relocated to Baltimore in 1845, from 1853 to 1866 he was an agent for Henry Erben's branch in that city.

  • See also: Henry Erben and J. Edward Schad

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by James Hall, (Co.).


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