James Betelle, Where Are You?

The Search for a Lost Architect

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Guilbert & Betelle, of Newark, N. J., were the architects to whom our thanks and congratulations are due for adding to the beauty of the world. — School-Arts Magazine, 1915

A Piece on Pipes

August 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Architecture

From John Elwood, who has been leading an astounding—and successful—effort to restore a grand old pipe organ from a Guilbert & Betelle classic: Some Guilbert and Betelle schools have unusual features.  We’ve seen the greenhouses, the swimming pools, the observatories, and even the airplane shops… but in terms of sheer lavish expenditure in a public […]

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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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Betelle Matters

September 10th, 2007 · No Comments · Articles

It was inevitable I would begin writing externally about this web site’s titular subject. To that end, I’ve had a small article published in Matters, a community magazine based in Maplewood, New Jersey. Titled New Jersey Gothic: James Betelle and the Schools of South Orange and Maplewood, it appears, appropriately enough, in the August “Back […]

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Columbia High School: Birth of a Building

September 9th, 2006 · 18 Comments · Architecture

I’m used to seeing old photographs of schools when they were new and pristine, set against the barren terrain that is indicative of fresh construction. And as my recent tour of Newark showed, it makes for an interesting contrast with contemporary images, where the landscape is overgrown and the school itself may be in various […]

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“The Unusual School System of a Suburban Community”

August 29th, 2006 · No Comments · Architecture, Articles

This article is from the 1928-1929 Yearbook of The American School and University. Much of the text is similar to the CHS article from American School Board Journal, which came out about the same time. It’s interesting to note that Betelle refers to “Messrs. Guilbert & Betelle, the architects for all these new buildings”, as […]

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