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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1900-1903.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

Note from the Organ Database Builders Listing editor Stephen Hall, April 22, 2017. -

It is not clear that Hann-Wangerin was an organbuilding firm. Joseph Hann was an architect and Adolph Wangerin was a furniture maker specializing in church furnishings. Neither seems to have had prior training in organbuilding. The Database contains only one organ listed as Hann-Wangerin, (Organ ID 540, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and it lacks the original nameplate.

In 1903, organbuilder George Weickhardt joined the firm, and it becomes Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt Co. From that point onward, it was definitely an organbuilding firm. Interestingly, the name plate on the Wangerin-Weickhardt organ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Freeport, Minnesota (Organ ID 41654) reads "The Weickhardt organ built by Wangerin-Weickhardt Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin" indicating that the organs were considered to be by Weickhardt even though the company name is Wangerin-Weickhardt. By the time of Weickhardt's death in 1919, Wangerin was sufficiently knowledgeable to continue the company on his own, although Philipp Wirsching was hired as head voicer at that point.


  • David Bohn and Marilyn Stulken, "The Wangerin Organ Company and Its Predecessors: Milwaukee Organbuilders", The Tracker 34:2 (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1990), 22-24.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 03, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

Partnership of Joseph Hann and Adolph Wangerin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1900; succeeded by Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt Co., 1903.

Staff: Paul J. Kuechle.


  • Local directories of the period.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 5 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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