Joseph C. Goddeyne was born in Bay City, Michigan in 1889. After attending the local schools, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He established his architect practice in Bay City in 1927.
Two of his buildings of note are the Bay County Building and the Jesse H. and Anna Mulvane Besser House. The Bay County Building, located at 515 Center Avenue, on the corner of Center and Madison avenues, in Bay City, was built from 1931 to 1934 as a county-funded project to relieve local unemployment problems during the Great Depression. It is an 8-story Art Deco building. Goddeyne is credited with the building’s visually arresting exterior facade, unique to Bay City. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jesse H. and Anna Mulvane Besser House, located at 232 1st Avenue in Alpena, was built from 1938 to 1939 in a very modern style with the most modern and efficient equipment installed for Alpena’s leading industrial pioneers.
Mr. Goddeyne also served in many positions for the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.