James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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Influence is like money in the bank, the more you use it the less you have. — James O. Betelle

A Climb Up Columbia’s Clock Tower

April 10th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Architecture, Diary

This past Saturday I had the rare treat of being given a tour of the clock room and astronomical observatory of Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. As an alumnus of CHS, the massive clock tower has always been a source of some mystery. Lucky students have the chance to climb it, either for […]

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The State Normal School at Jersey City

January 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Architecture

“On February, 1930, we the class of January 1933, entered the portals of the State Normal School at Jersey City. Bewildered, cautious, lest we commit a grave offense, we wandered aimlessly about the halls. Attention was called to the foyer, the library, and the auditorium. We fairly drank in the beauty of a school so […]

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The Robert Treat Hotel

November 29th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture

Newark in the 1910s was a city one would hardly recognize today. Driven by an influx of money and opportunity, it was a thriving commercial and industrial port. A city on the rise needs grand structures, and certainly nothing makes a statement that a city has arrived than having a stately, luxurious hotel. Newark decided […]

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The Marshall School, South Orange, New Jersey

August 15th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Architecture

One of the most important contracts for Guilbert & Betelle were the schools of the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey, where they would eventually design all of the new school buildings up through 1930. The creation of the first school they built, The Marshall School, (named for retiring Board president James […]

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“New Grade School Buildings of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ”

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

The following article by JOB appeared in The American School Board Journal, January, 1926. In it, he outlines the unique structure of the SO/M school system, accompanied by photographs and floorplans of the four initial grade schools. His description is rather understated, considering how huge the project was; the district had essentially planned to build, […]

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