James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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An architect who agrees to design a building for an absurdly small fee has but little respect for his services—but then he probably knows what they are worth. — James O. Betelle

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Doings in the Hive of the Three Busy B’s

October 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Biographical, Miscellaneous

Office parties—when the staff lets their hair down, the boss awkwardly pretends to be “one of the gang”, and at least one person gets embarrassingly drunk—are a staple of the corporate world. These days, such events are limp, pathetic affairs, attended with the same enthusiasm as your average dental cleaning. Last week, during one of […]

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The Point of Pencils

June 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Biographical, Miscellaneous

The output of new works from Guilbert & Betelle plummeted in the 1930s, as the Depression caused a suspension of school infrastructure programs. The firm layed off most of the staff, which numbered over 200 just a few years earlier. Reduced to minor, low profile jobs—building service upgrades, interior renovations—James Betelle had little need to […]

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Weequahic Walking Tour

November 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Miscellaneous

If you read my last post, you know that over a weekend in August I visited Guilbert & Betelle’s Weequahic High School and took a tour of Newark’s historic High Street/Lower Broad Street area. Both were illuminating and entertaining. If you’re interested to learn more about the Weequahic neighborhood, now is your chance. Jeff Bennet […]

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New Rochelle High School Can’t Catch a Break

August 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Architecture, Miscellaneous

Poor New Rochelle High school. As if a devastating fire in 1968 wasn’t bad enough, the old girl suffered another indignity as lightning struck one of its towers about 6pm on Friday. The strike arrupted a blaze that basically destroyed the conical roof, but luckily it was a localized event, and should be fully repairable. […]

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The New York Times Gets it Right

March 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · Miscellaneous

This Sunday’s New York Times real estate section profiles South Orange, N.J. in the Living In column. The joint school district of South Orange and Maplewood feature some of James Betelle’s finest school designs and continue draw young families today. In the article, Dave Caldwell, a Maplewood resident, correctly notes Columbia High School as “…an […]

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