The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3613

Builder Identification

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1915-1948

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). -- Born 21 Dec. 1891 in St. Catherines, Canada; father of C. F. David Legge; organist; established firm in Toronto, ON, Canada, 1915; operated branch shop in St. Hyacinthe, PQ, Canada, 1946; died 18 Feb. 1948; succeeded by T. Eaton Co. Staff: Rolland Blanchard; A. Chagnon; William F. Legge; E. F. Walcker.
  • Founded in 1915 in Toronto by Charles Franklin Legge (organist, b St Catharines, Ont, 21 Dec 1891, d Toronto 18 Feb 1948), the firm installed its first instruments in Chapleau in northern Ontario and in Williamsburg near Ottawa.
    In 1919 William F. Legge joined the firm, and a factory was built on Dufferin Street in Toronto. There, more than 250 instruments of two to four manuals were designed and built for buyers in North and South America. Almost entirely enclosed, the Legge organs used all-electric action and English-style diapasons and reeds.
    The C. Franklin Legge Organ Co ceased operation in 1947, and its service contracts were assumed by the T. Eaton Co in 1948. At about that time, however, William Legge, briefly in Eaton's employ, formed in Woodstock, Ont, the William F. Legge Organ Co, which was purchased (1963) by C.F. David Legge, son of C. Franklin, and continued as the Legge Organ Co. In 1991 the Legge Organ Co continued to operate in Toronto, doing renovations and repairs but not building any new instruments.
    (Melva Graham, "Franklin Legge Organ Co." in The Canadian Encyclopedia (Historica Canada, Toronto) Published 02/07/06, Last Edited 12/16/13, accessed 09/04/15)

Database Entries

There are 26 entries in the database that describe organs by C. Franklin Legge Organ Co.


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