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Joseph Downer View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Western Pennsylvania, c. 1785; Fayette City, Pennsylvania, circa 1890s?.
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

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

Son of Dr. Eliphalet Downer; in western Pennsylvania, c. 1785; operated grist mill, saw mill, and cotton spinning machines near Fayette City, Pennsylvania; chamber organs. died 1838 in Downer-s Run, Pennsylvania.


  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 71.
  • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 401.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 2 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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