James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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To be good architecture, the design of the exterior of the building should express the character and purpose for which the interior of the building is used, as “truthful expression” is just as desirable in architecture as it is in all other things in life. — James O. Betelle, The American School Board Journal, April, 1919

Marie Betelle Sleeps with the Fishes

September 5th, 2006 · No Comments · Diary

This morning I went down to the Surrogate Court Building in New York to find information on Marie Betelle. According to her obituary, she died living in NYC, so I was hoping to both find a copy of her will and perhaps see what her building looked like (my first walk around that area revealed […]

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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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The Widow Betelle

July 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Biographical, Diary

John emailed me a few days ago with new information he dug up; Marie Betelle’s obituary from the New York Times: August 30, 1959 Mrs. Marie Ann Louise Betelle, widow of James O. Betelle, an architect, died of a brain hemorrhage early yesterday at University Hospital. She was 52 years old. Mrs. Betelle lived at […]

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