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Fonds F 4447

Bernard Rasch fonds

About these records

Bernard Rasch fonds
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1880]-2013; predominant [194?]-2001
Dates of Accumulation


Physical Description

12239 architectural drawings

ca. 413 centimetres of textual records

7288 photographs

56 drawings

2 audio cassettes

4533 sketches

2 sketchbooks

1 collage

20 maps

18.84 MB of photographs (jpeg and.411)

2 plaques

1 office sign

4 volumes of textual records

2 1/4 inch reel to reel audio tapes

Scope and Content

Fonds consists primarily of architectural drawings, project-related photographs and textual records, and business and administrative records documenting the architectural career of Bernard Rasch.

These records date back to Rasch's student days in the late 1960s and the establishment of his own firm in 1973. They also include the projects in which Rasch was the lead when he was a partner in the firms Rasch & Au Architects and Rasch, Au & Habash Architects.

Fonds also includes architectural records created by other firms where Rasch was an employee before launching his own practice, mainly Ryan & Lee Architects and Venchiarutti & Venchiarutti. There are also miscellaneous other architectural records that were acquired by Rasch and likely used by him for reference purposes.

The project-related records document the design and construction of buildings that were built, but also consist of plans for structures that were never realized. Major built projects include offices for the City of Toronto, various branches of the Sterling Trust and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and stores for Canadian Tire affiliates. The majority of the projects, however, relate to the construction or alteration of houses, apartment projects and commercial buildings; also represented are industrial, recreational and institutional buildings. While almost all of the projects were located in the Greater Toronto Area, projects in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, the United States and Costa Rica were also undertaken.

Drawings comprising this fonds document various stages of individual projects, mainly preliminary and construction stages. They include original sketches, tracings, photomechanical reproductions and CAD printouts.

Other project-related records may include specifications, contracts, notes, maps, topographical plans and photographs.

Non-project records in this fonds include business and administrative records documenting the operations of Rasch's practice, information about other architects, and records documenting Rasch's professional activities and community involvement outside his practice.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Bernard M. Rasch (1943- ) is an architect who has practiced in Toronto, Ont. since the late 1960s.

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Rasch, Bernard M., 1943-

Restrictions on Access
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Jesse Rasch in 2004. Accruals were donated by Bernard Rasch in 2007, by Bernard and Nancy Rasch in 2009, and by Bernard Rasch in 2011, 2012 and 2013
Associated Material

The University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections (Winnipeg) holds the Bernard Rasch fonds, documenting Rasch's interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, the paranormal and the occult.


Some of the documents are written in Latvian.


Further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession number: 46849; lead number 0708-052

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4447-1 Bernard Rasch architectural project records
F 4447-2 Architectural records accumulated by Bernard Rasch
F 4447-3 Business, professional and personal records of Bernard Rasch
F 4447-4 Bernard Rasch conceptual sketches