Robert Frasca, who designed KOIN Tower, dies at 84

Robert Frasca moved to Portland in 1959

Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A prominent architect who played a huge role in the evolution of Portland passed away at the age of 84.

Robert Frasca -- who went by Bob --  died from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia on Jan. 3, according to his obituary. He was the founding design partner at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects.

Frasca moved to Portland in 1959 and his designs started only a few years later.

Some of Portland's most notable buildings were designed by Frasca. Among them include the Multnomah Athletic Club, KOIN Tower and the Portland World Trade Center. He also executed the master plan for Reed College and designed many of its buildings as well as those for the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Aside from buildings, he also designed many of the city's civic projects including the Waterfront Park, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Multnomah County Justice Center, the Oregon Convention Center and Portland International Airport.

Frasca integrated nature, healing gardens and art into his healthcare buildings -- long before research proved their importance. One of the first buildings with these features was the Doernbecker Children's Hospital at OHSU. It helped put ZGF on the map and led to Frasca designing buildings in Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, Boston and more cities across the country.

Our Jeff Gianola worked on a 2004 documentary about Robert Frasca. You can view that here.


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