James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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It seems as though this masterly architect built his own career on an architectural plan—with everything in its proper place and dovetailing, with no part out of harmony with the other. — Fortune Story Magazine, October 1929

Entries from July 2006

Bald, Smiling School Builder Betelle

July 28th, 2006 · No Comments · Diary, Miscellaneous

Today I ventured over to the Boston Public Library (I’m up in Massachussets this week on vacation), to try and get some odds-and-ends info on Betelle. Having gotten hold of the text of his Time Magazine article a few weeks ago, I wondered if there might have been a photograph to accompany it. After marveling […]

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The Widow Betelle

July 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Biographical, Diary

John emailed me a few days ago with new information he dug up; Marie Betelle’s obituary from the New York Times: August 30, 1959 Mrs. Marie Ann Louise Betelle, widow of James O. Betelle, an architect, died of a brain hemorrhage early yesterday at University Hospital. She was 52 years old. Mrs. Betelle lived at […]

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“Architectural Styles as Applied to School Buildings”

July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture, Articles

The following article by Betelle appeared in the April, 1919 edition of The American School Board Journal. Much of it reads as somewhat repetitive and obvious, but given ASBJ was directed at educators, not architects, the simplistic overview of concepts is understandable. Where JOB does get more specific is in explaining the benefits of the […]

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Photo of Betelle?

July 21st, 2006 · No Comments · Biographical, Miscellaneous

This is a group photo of the staff of Cope & Stewardson, circa 1899, where JOB served as draftsman. Is one of these fine moustachioed gentlemen our James? Edit: The photo actually has a caption, buried on another page: From Left to Right: Alfred Morton Githens, William Charles Hays, Walter Cope, John A. MacMahon, James […]

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That’s “B” as in “Betelle”

July 21st, 2006 · No Comments · Diary, Miscellaneous

My partner in detective work recently contacted the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society, knowing that JOB lived in Short Hills for a period. The Betelle cult grows stronger; a member of the Society responded with some great new information, having done considerable detective work:

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