1892
Eastman Theatre console, Opus 1010, Rochester, N.Y.



Austin Opus 500, Festival Hall, San Francisco, CA 1915



Opus 302



Gold Medal awarded at Jamestown Exposition, 1907

Awarded at Jamestown Exposition,
1907 to Austin Organ Co. , for
Austin Universal Air Chest
with Electro And Tubular
Pneumatic Actions.




pipes
Englishman John T. Austin joins Farand & Votey, Detroit.
1893
J.T.A. (age 24) develops Universal Air Chest System.
1893
Clough & Warren, Detroit, builds first Austin system organ. B.G. Austin joins firm.
1898
J.T.A. sets up Austin system at Karn & Warren, Woodstock, Ontario.
1898
Austin Organ Company established in Boston (J.T.A.aged 29).
1899
Company relocates to Hartford, CT.
1903
Robert Hope-Jones joins firm (leaves 1904).
1903
Slider chest using aluminum sliders introduced (dropped 1906).
1905
All-electric console developed.
1911
National reputation established.
1913
Design of modern Austin console developed.
1914
Automatic Player developed (Quadruplex player developed 1924).
1917
J.T.A. wins Franklin Institute award.
1917
Period of major production opens
(1927 peak sales year).
1919
Austin console design refinements.
1921
Austin chest design refinements.
1932
Further refinements on Austin chest design.
1935
Austin Organ Company begins liquidation.
1937
Austin Organs Inc. formed. Factory moved to present location.
1941
Factory makes glider wings for war effort.
1949
Richard J. Piper named tonal director.
1973
Donald B. Austin appointed president.
1978
David A.J. Broome appointed Tonal Director.
1998
Kimberlee J. Austin appointed president.
2006-present
Company purchased by Richard Taylor & Michael Fazio.
Richard Taylor, C.E.O.
Michael Fazio, President & Tonal Director.


Tonal Direction

1902-1903
Carlton C. Michell (from England).
1903-1904
Robert Hope-Jones (from England).
1904-1937
Frank King
1937-1949
William Engle (with Austin 1900-1957).
1949-1978
Richard J. Piper (from Willis).
1978-1998
David A.J. Broome (from J.W. Walker; joined Austin 1957).
1998-2002
Bruce Q. Buchanan, (from J.W. Walker, and Willis)
Vice President, Tonal Director
2003-
Daniel Kingman (with Austin 1968-present) Continues as senior voicer & tonal consultant.
2006-
Michael Fazio - First company president who also defines the tonal direction of the firm.

Historical Summary of Opus List

Opus Nos. Dates
Clough & Warren, Detroit 1 - 22 1893 - 1898
Austin Organ Company, Boston 23 - 28 1898 - 1899
Austin Organ Company, Hartford 29 - 1885 1899 - 1935
Austin Organs, Incorporated 2000 - 27XX 1937 - present


Summary by Customer

Churches: The leading denomination by far is Presbyterian, followed by Episcopal, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Baptist and Congregational. Meticulous attention in the factory assures smooth installation and ease of maintenance
Theatres: 113 theatre organs from Opus 156 (1906) to 1788 (1931). The majority (75) built between 1912 and 1920.
Masonic Lodges 72 Auditoriums 25
Hotels 2 Residences 50
Stores 9 Open air theatres 2
Insurance buildings 3