James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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I heartily recommend Mr. James O. Betelle of the firm of Guilbert & Betelle. He is a genial man, easy to work with, and considerate of the needs and pocketbook of his clients. — Pierre S. du Pont, Hagley Museum and Library

Entries from August 2006

A Drive Through Newark

August 31st, 2006 · 10 Comments · Architecture, Diary

I ventured back into Newark last week, confident I wouldn’t encounter the shape-shifting roads of my first trip. My goal this trip was to research a number of Betelle-related items at the Essex County Hall of Records. Going there served a dual purpose; not only does the Hall house the deeds and mortgages to all […]

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“The Unusual School System of a Suburban Community”

August 29th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture, Articles

This article is from the 1928-1929 Yearbook of The American School and University. Much of the text is similar to the CHS article from American School Board Journal, which came out about the same time. It’s interesting to note that Betelle refers to “Messrs. Guilbert & Betelle, the architects for all these new buildings”, as […]

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Luck Be a Lady Betelle

August 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Diary

As satisfying as it is to find an elusive publication, photograph or news item I had been looking for, even more thrilling is finding material I wasn’t looking for. I had a lot of this recently. Last week I came into posession a stack of letter between Betelle and Pierre S. duPont regarding the schools […]

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“Delaware School Architect Celebrates”

August 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Articles

This article was among the morgue clippings of The Newark Evening News, but given its slightly Delaware-centric bias, I don’t believe it’s from that paper. It isn’t dated, so my best guess is it’s from sometime between June and August of 1930, about the same time as other articles noting the 20th anniversary of Guilbert […]

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New Science Hall, Lincoln University

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

In 1925 Betelle designed a new science hall for Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. The November, 1926 edition of the Lincoln University Herald described the structure, as well as outlining the needs for campus expansion. The Herald listed Guilbert & Betelle as the school’s “Official Architects”, but they would eventually design only a boy’s dormitory and […]

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