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James O. Betelle


James O. Betelle, American architect. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects (director 1932-1935); member Newark Chamber of Commerce (president 1926-1927).


Betelle, James O. was born on April 1, 1879 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States. Son of John W. and Annie (Barton) Betelle.


Educated in public schools and by private instruction, United States and Europe.


Began independent practice of architecture with firm Guilbert & Betelle, 1910. Specialized in design of schools, public buildings. Served as consultant architect for schools erected in Charleston, South Carolina., Augusta, Georgia, Berkeley, California, Westbury, Long Island, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Member of advisory board of architects which passed on buildings erected for Institutions in State of New Jersey. Designer and supervisor building of 56 high schools, including Greenwich, Connecticut, New Rochelel, New York, Baker, Tuxedo Park, New York, Great Neck, Long Island. Disigner 9 state colls., including Trenton, New Jersey, New Britain, Connecticut, also 300 grade schools, including 125 in Delaware (gift of Pierre S. Dupont).

Trustee Newark Museum of Art., 1926-1939.


  • Author numerous magazine articles and pamphlets on school building design and architecture.


Fellow) The American Institute of Architects (director 1932-1935). Member Newark Chamber of Commerce (president 1926-1927).


Married Marie Louise Cohan, 1932.

John W. Betelle

Annie (Barton) Betelle

Marie Louise Cohan