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Frank Reese papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: N196

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains job files and drawing sets for over 900 architectural commissions. In addition to the foldered material related to the architectural commissions there are internal office files consisting primarily of the various firms' marketing and publicity efforts as well as a smaller group of other types of materials.


  • 1952-2002

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by the public. Appointments with Archives staff are strongly encouraged.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material, except that copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Biographical Note

Frank Reese, a Minnesota architect who was graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1957, practiced with a number of different colleagues. He was associated with the following firms: Frank Reese, Architect (1960s);Reese/Rova (with John Rova) in the 1970s; Reese Wagner, Inc. in the 1990s; and Pierce Reese, also from the 1990s.

Over the course of his career he was involved in architecture and interior design work and land planning. He worked with a variety of developers including the United States Department of Energy to design a mid-rise apartment building and helped develop energy budget standards for such buildings. Reese was a member of the AIA and was registered as an architect in almost a dozen states. The bulk of his work was in housing projects, including apartment buildings, condominums and elderly housing.


280 Cubic Feet


The collections contains over 900 sets of drawings, job files and specifications for architectural commissions ranging from apartment buildings and condominiums to churches and commercial structures (stores, manufacturing plants, etc.), along with office files containing marketing, publicity and other internal office files.


The collection is organized into two series:

  1. Working Drawings
  2. Office Files

Physical Location

High Bay, Mezzanine


The collection was donated to the Northwest Architectural Archives by Frank Reese in 2000.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Laurie Thompson and the EAD finding aid written by Barbara Bezat.

Frank Reese Papers
Laurie Thompson
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