Wallace & Tiernan’s “Chlorine Control Apparatus” (left) appeared in the January 1928 issue of American School Board Journal, not-so-coincidentally the same issue featuring the artice on Columbia High School. Their ads are rather whimsical, this one with the tag line “Swim in Drinking Water”. Wallace & Tiernan followed up with a full-page ad in Architecture, which includes a picture of CHS’s pool, the tag line reading “…Get “A” in Deportment”. The ad for The Gaustavino Company appeared in the April, 1930 issue of Architectural Record. The photograph is also of CHS’s pool, which features a barrel-vaulted Gaustavino Akoustolith tile ceiling. In the Fiske Weathervanes ad, the photograph labeled “Maplewood N.J., High School” is actually Maplewood Junior High (now Middle School).
James Oscar Betelle (1879-1954) was a Newark, NJ based civic architect. Public schools were his speciality—if you grew up in the New York Tri-State area, there's a good chance you went to one.
Betelle drifted in obscurity for sixty years, until the day I paused to wonder, "who designed my school?" More…