The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 795

Builder Identification

Evanston, Illinois, 1977–2006.

Additional Notes

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

    Born 1946 in Grinnell, Iowa; graduate of Grinnell College; with Kurt Roderer, 9 years; established Prairie Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, 1977; established Bradford Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, 1986; active in 1991.

    Sources:

    • Diapason, June 1986, 8.
    • Michael Friesen.
    • Organ Handbook (OHS Press 1989), 7.
    • John Panning.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
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  • From the Builders Listing editor, October 22, 2016. —

    Walter Bradford was born July 30, 19461 in Grinnell, Iowa; he was a graduate of Grinnell College. Bradford began his organbuilding career with Kurt Roderer, working there for nine years. He established Prairie Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, in 1977. He re-established his firm under the name Bradford Organ Co. of Evanston, Illinois, in 19862; it was still active at the time of Bradford's death on July 30, 2016.3

    Sources:

    1. Ron Damholt, email to the Organ Database Committee, dated October 21, 2016.
    2. David H. Fox, "Walter Bradford" A Guide to North American Organbuilders(Organ Historical Society, 1997), 80.
    3. Damholt email

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