The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 533

Builder Identification

Melrose Park, Illinois, 1967; Bellwood, Illinois, from 1973,

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997) —

    Established by Leonard G. Berghaus in Melrose Park, Illinois, 1967; relocated to Bellwood, Illinois, as Berghaus Organ Co., 1973; incorporated 1977; active in 2015.

    Staff: George Anderson, Frederick L. Beal, Brian Berghaus, Todd Berghaus, Dean Christian, Peter Duys, Gary Foxe, Jeffrey Hammes, Allyn Hoverland, Daniel Jaeckel, Bill Kaffenberger; Fred Lake, Louis E. Patterson, Mike Pelton; John F. Shawhan; Jordan Smoots, Paul Szymkowski, Gerrit Verkade.

    Sources:

    • Leonard G. Berghaus.
    • Michael Friessen.
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  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, Mar 20, 2016 —

    Active in 2015 as Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders, Inc. Brian Berhhaus, son of Leonard Berghaus, listed as president. The firm builds electric key-action instruments using electric slider chests. Most of their work is in the Mid-West region, but they have instruments in the Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, and Maryland as well. There is an emphasis on strong visual design in their instruments.

    Professional associations:

    • American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO)
    • Association of Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA)
    • International Society of Organ Builders (ISO)
    • Organ Historical Society (OHS)

    Source:

Database Entries

There are 97 entries in the database that describe organs by Berghaus Organ Co.


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