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Grant Seder, former UO lecturer, remembered for ‘Googie’ campus building

Monday, July 3, 2017

Emeritus UO lecturer and longtime Eugene architect Grant Seder died June 20. Seder was partners in Unthank Seder Poticha, Architects, among other firms, and completed significant design work throughout the United States and abroad. He designed the Lew Williams/Joe Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene that houses the College of Design’s Product Design Program; the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a significant example of the “Googie,” or doo-wop, design style that featured a flying roof—known in Eugene as the “potato chip.” KEZI-TV interviewed Seder in 2012 about the building’s design. He served as co-chair of the Oregon Architect Intern Development Program and as president of the Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners.

Read Seder’s obituary in The Register-Guard.

Romania Hall / Lew Williams/Joe Romania Chevrolet dealership. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Above: Lew Williams/Joe Romania Chevrolet dealership. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

DeNorval Unthank, Otto P. Poticha, Grant Seder
Above: DeNorval Unthank, Otto P. Poticha, Grant Seder

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