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John Vredenburgh Van Pelt


John Vredenburgh Van Pelt, American architect. awarded Architecte Diplome par le Gouvernement, 1895). Fellow and; member emeritus of Beaux Arts Society; member S.A.R. Holland Society, Century Association of New York, Fine Arts Federation New York (secretary 1924-1933), Kappa Alpha.


Pelt, John Vredenburgh Van was born on February 24, 1874 in New Orleans. Son of John Vredenburgh and Emma Louisa (Fields) Van Pelt.


Educated Germantown, Philadelphia, and Paris, France. Art and technical education at École des Arts Decoratifs, Atelier Droillard-Thierry-Deglane, and École des Beaux Arts. (1st American to obtain values for diploma.

Awarded Architecte Diplome par le Gouvernement, 1895). Postgraduate (Beaux Arts), 1895-1897, 1903-1904.


Architecture in charge of design, Cornell Univercity, 1897-1900. Traveled in Germany, Italy, Sicily, England, etc., 1900-1902. Professor design and dean of College Architecture, 1902-1904.

Practicing as architect, New York, since 1904. Exhibited Paris Salon (section Architecture), 1895-1896 (section Painting), 1898. At Beaux Arts received 1st medal in plan, 1896, later two 2d medals for planning, medals in esquisse, 1896 and 1903, a medal for modeling, and in 1904 Prix St. Agnan Boucher (1,000 francs) for pupil of École des Beaux Arts holding greatest number of values of all graduates.

Holds grand medal Societe Centrale des Architectes (Foundation Destors), for 1897, and grand medal Societe des Architectes Diplomes, 1896-1897. Associate director Atelier of Columbia University, 1904-1913. Professor of design, University of Pennsylvania, 1914-1917.

In charge Columbia University extension studios in architecture, 1923-1927. Leetr. on theory of composition, Columbia. Architect of Joan of Arc Monument, New York, Gennadeion Library, Athens, Greece (partner W. S. Thompson).

Church of St. John Nepomuk. Church, school and Rectory of the Guardian Angels, New York. Rectory extension and basement church Sanctuary, Church of Annunciation, for Bishop John Jay Dunn, New York.

Patchogue (New York) Post Office, for United States Treasury Department. Brookhaven Town Hall. Contemporary Arts Building (with F. A. Ackerman and Joshua Lowenfish), New York World’s Fair, Otisville Sanatorium for New York City.

Standard Oil and Griswold buildings of Loomis Sanatorium and, from 1922 to 1946, was architect of Union Health Center Clinics of Dressmakers’ Union, I.L.G.W.U. Placed on Roster of Approved Architects for Hospital Work by Hospital Association Public Schools: Piermont. Sparkill; Orangeburg, New Jersey Section Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, 1933-1941.


  • Author: Essentials of Composition as Applied to Art, 1902, revised edition, 1913. 3 Pencil Points Books. Monograph of W. K. Vanderbilt House.

    Also numerous magazine articles.


Fellow and; member emeritus of Beaux Arts Society. Member S.A.R. Holland Society, Century Association of New York, Fine Arts Federation New York (secretary 1924-1933), Kappa Alpha.


Married Betsey A. Southworth, March 20, 1902. Children: Betsey V.P. Smith, Margaret V.P. Vilas, John V. Assistant.

John Vredenburgh Pelt

Emma Louisa (Fields) Van Pelt

Betsey A. Southworth

Betsey V.P. Smith Pelt

Margaret V.P. Vilas Pelt

John V. Asst Pelt