James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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The citizens of our country have continually demanded better and better educational facilities for their children, and they will continue to do so as long as this country remains a republic. — James O. Betelle, Architecture, May, 1932

August Sieder, Jr.

August 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Architecture, Biographical

I don’t actively research Betelle much anymore, but I do have automatic searches in place at a number of websites. eBay is the busiest, where occasional magazines and postcards pop up. I mostly ignore those, as it’s generally material I already have. But sometimes a unique item appears. This morning, I saw this:


It’s the envelope only, so not of specific interest. But who was Mr. August Sieder, Jr. of South Orange New Jersey? First, let’s see his house:

A pretty typical smaller suburban house. But what was Sieder’s occupation that Guilbert & Betelle would be writing him? A quick trip to Ancestry.com tells us:

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An architect, of course. So a general Google search didn’t reveal much besides being listed with the AIA. The next stop is the New York Times obituaries where we get a bit more info. It would appear he spent most of his career with G&B. Attributing him to having designed the Betelle structures mentioned is probably a bit loose with the facts—a team of people would have designed those structures—but it does give us one more concrete link to the people who worked with Betelle.




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  • 1 John A. Sieders // Oct 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

    13:30 WET
    Pity to be of no help for the search of August Sieder Jr., the architect, but…..
    as a matter of fact my German ancestor immigrated from Bischofswerda to the Netherlands around the years 1648-1652 (wartime) and married in the province of Drenthe (Meppel) with Aeltien Hermens. His name in the certificate of marriage: Augustus Sieder.
    Later on all descendants from him got the name SIEDERS.
    Counted from him I am generation 11, born 31-05-192 in Meppel.
    Greetings from sunny Portugal,
    John A. SIEDERS

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