James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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An architect should be a man with broad cultural training, and conversant and familiar with all topics and things. — James O. Betelle

Entries from July 2006

“New Grade School Buildings of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ”

July 20th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture, Articles

The following article by JOB appeared in The American School Board Journal, January, 1926. In it, he outlines the unique structure of the SO/M school system, accompanied by photographs and floorplans of the four initial grade schools. His description is rather understated, considering how huge the project was; the district had essentially planned to build, […]

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The Bronxville School, Bronxville, N.Y.

July 19th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture

The December, 1931 issue of The Architectural Forum featured the article, Nine Senior High School Buildings. Two Guilbert & Betelle projects were illustrated; Great Neck High School and The Bronxville School). The text and illustrations for The Bronxville School are shown here. Interestingly, this school was a collaboration with the architect Harry Leslie Walker, who […]

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Time Magazine – “School Builder”

July 19th, 2006 · No Comments · Articles, Biographical

This short piece appeared in the Arts section of the August 24th, 1931 issue of Time Magazine. While it doesn’t offer much new factual information about JOB, it does paint a more rounded picture of his life than what we know so far. Hey, he was bald! Note: Updated to include the accompanying photograph and […]

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The Betelle Home is Robbed…

July 18th, 2006 · No Comments · Articles, Biographical

It appears that the Betelle’s had a break-in at their home while they were away during the winter of 1941. The full account was printed in the June 6, 1941 edition of The Millburn & Short Hills Item: $60,000 GEM THEFT HERE Gaining entrance through a first floor window thieves obtained more than $60,000 in […]

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South Mountain School, South Orange, N.J.

July 18th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture

South Mountain School in South Orange, New Jersey, was the last of the original slate of grade schools to be built for the South Orange-Maplewood School District by Guilbert & Betelle. Originally called The Wyoming Avenue School, it was completed in February, 1930. There is frustratingly little historical information about it, relative to the other […]

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