NewComb Alumna Roulhac Toledano Writes a Biography of Charles Bein

Jul 31, 2014

Charles Bein (1891-1966): Graduate and Professor, Tulane School of Architecture--Belatedly Acknowledged in this fascinating piece by Roulhac Tolendano

Charles Bein was a 1912 graduate of Tulane University where he took as many courses related to architecture that he could in the “School of Technology.” Would-be architects studied first in engineering and “technology” after William Woodward of Newcomb Art School renown established the “School of Technology” for the school year 1907-1908 and brought in Samuel Labouisse, Moise Goldstein and Allison Owen to join the faculty to try to build an architecture school for Tulane. That year, 1912, when Charles Bein graduated from Tulane, Nathaniel Courtland Curtis was appointed head of the burgeoning architecture department. William Woodward and his brother Ellsworth came over to the new department from Newcomb Art School to teach drawing and architectural history. Indeed, William Woodward is most often credited with the founding of the official school of architecture at Tulane. Although the 1912 Architecture School was barely that, Bein was able to get into Columbia’s graduate school in architecture, and afterward he studied at the Atelier Heimann in Munich and the Atelier Colarossi and Académie Grande Chaumière in Paris.

Bein returned to the United States in 1917 to head up the new Tulane School of Architecture, replacing Nathaniel Courtland Curtis, educated at Auburn in Alabama where he had married the president’s daughter. By 1919 Tulane began to develop architecture into something to rival the University of Virginia’s new school of architecture, established in 1919. Albert Bledsoe Dinwiddie, a graduate of the University of Virginia, with three degrees from the institution, had become president of Tulane by 1918 and was well aware of the need for Tulane to rival the University of Virginia, his alma mater. Despite some rave reviews throughout the city according to local newspapers, three years later, Bein gave up as chairman and professor at what he called the Tulane School of Architecture in order to become an artist.

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