James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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The architects who constructed Columbia High School gave us a building that will serve us well for many, many years to come. It is solid, it is comfortable, it is clean and warm and it maintains an educational outlook that is both modern and classic. I don’t think we can ask for much more from our buildings. — American School & University, 1978

Ernest F. Guilbert, Where Are You?

April 28th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Articles, Biographical, Miscellaneous

If James Betelle was a mystery when this project began, than Ernest F. Guilbert, his partner, was a mystery wrapped in an enigma encased in a block of lucite. There was–and is–very little information regarding this architect who clearly had a strong influence on Betelle. Today the mystery is lessened. I found his obituary in […]

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James Betelle Obituaries

August 8th, 2006 · No Comments · Articles, Biographical

These are the two obituaries I found for Betelle at the Newark Public Library. The first is from The Newark Evening News from June 5th, 1954. This was a Sunday, which establishes Betelle’s death as Thursday, June 3rd (whether that is the local or Italian date is unknown). The second obit (source unclear) is almost […]

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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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