Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ludovic Gordon Farquhar
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 September 1899
Died: 23 December 1945
Bio Notes: Ludovic Gordon Farquhar was born at Bridge of Weir on 9 August 1899, the son of Andrew Farquhar and his wife Hilda Harrington Mann, artist and sister of the portrait painter G Harrington Mann. He was called up on leaving school, entering Sandhurst, and was commissioned in the Gordon Highlanders, seeing out the end of the war in France.

In 1920 Farquhar enrolled for the Diploma Course at Glasgow School of Architecture while in the office of Alexander David Hislop (Campbell & Hislop), and was awarded the Rowand Anderson travelling scholarship. In mid 1925 he sat the qualifying exam and was elected ARIBA on 30 November 1925, his proposers being Charles Gourlay, John Keppie and John Watson. He then moved to London as an assistant at Sir John Burnet & Partners for about a year before emigrating to New York to work for Mayers, Murray & Phillip, where he first met Francis Lorne. He subsequently worked for Beaux-Arts skyscraper builder Raymond M Hood, architect of the Rockefeller Center in New York, on the Century of Progress Exhibition at Chicago in 1929-30; and finally for Henry Corse.

Lorne returned to London as partner in Burnet Tait & Lorne in 1930, and in 1931 he and his sister Helen, the practice secretary, invited Farquhar to return. At or about that time Farquhar married their sister Marie. Within the office Farquhar shared a room with Helen Lorne, fulfilled a role similar to that of David Raeside, who had died in 1928, and had a large hand in the preparation of the Information Book of Sir John Burnet Tait & Lorne: as Francis Lorne put it, 'His American training made him so capable to help and, too, his heart was in the idea No drawing office ever ran so smoothly because his hand was always on the regulator, and what a sympathetic hand it was! The draughtsmen loved and respected him; the most difficult of clients automatically gravitated towards him and the builders and technical specialists all felt with justification that they had an understanding and sympathetic friend.' Those who worked under him found him terribly serious to the point of being rather humourless but, again in Lorne's words, he would 'put the solution over with such quietness and naturalness of manner that one felt he was right because one felt it was one's very own idea he was developing'.

After business picked up in about 1933, he spent much more time at the drawing board. He worked closely with Lorne and their chief assistant, Franz Stengelhofen, almost to the point of being a practice within a practice. Farquhar was taken into partnership in 1937 and was admitted FRIBA in October 1939, his proposers being Tait, Lorne and John Murray Easton. In the paper Tait describes him as having been fully responsible for Savile Row Police Station, one of a small group of stations for which Lorne and Farquhar had won a competition, and for the extremely accomplished Chamber of Shipping Offices in Bury Court, London and National Sanatorium at Benenden. At that date Farquhar was living at 3 Rivermead Court, Hurlingham, where he caused considerable astonishment and consternation among the neighbours by playing the bagpipes - he was an excellent piper.

When the Second World War broke out Farquhar was called up as a reserve officer of the Gordon Highlanders with the rank of Captain. He was posted to Singapore with the 2nd battalion and won the MC as company commander during the defence of Johore and Singapore. When Singapore fell he was put to work as a prisoner of war on the Bangkok-Moulmein Railway. After the Japanese surrender he was repatriated but died shortly after returning to his home, now 3 Pinemead Court, London, on 23 December 1945. He was survived by his wife Marie and twelve-year-old daughter Lorn.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5St Margaret's, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1925 *  
Item 2 of 5Hermiston Lodge, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1930  
Item 3 of 52, Rivermead Court, Hurlingham, London SW6, EnglandPrivate1939 *  
Item 4 of 51, Montague Place, London WC1, EnglandBusiness1939 *  
Item 5 of 53, Pinemead Court, London, EnglandPrivate1945 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Campbell & Hislop1920(?)1925(?)Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 7(Sir) John Burnet & Partners1925(?)c. 1926Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 7Raymond M HoodAfter 1926Before 1931Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 7Mayers, Murray & PhillipAfter 1926Before 1931Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 7Henry CorseAfter 1926c. 1931Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 7(Sir) John Burnet, Tait & Lornec. 19311937Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 7(Sir) John Burnet, Tait & Lorne1937c. 1939Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Murray Easton12 December 1939for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Charles Gourlay30 November 1925For Associateship
Item 3 of 6John Keppie30 November 1925For Associateship
Item 4 of 6Francis Lorne12 December 1939for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Thomas Smith Tait12 December 1939for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6John Watson30 November 1925For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 401931Hampstead Golf ClubhouseHampstead LondonEngland 
Item 2 of 401931Norwich Municipal BuildingsNorwich NorfolkEnglandCompetition design - 2nd premiated design
Item 3 of 401932Flats (Utopia Court) GuernseyGuernseyChannel Islands 
Item 4 of 401932Flats, Brook House site  LondonEnglandProposed design
Item 5 of 401932Mount Royal Flats  LondonEngland 
Item 6 of 401933Buchanan Hotel  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 401933Curzon CinemaMayfair LondonEngland 
Item 8 of 401933Houses in Devonshire Street  LondonEngland 
Item 9 of 401934Berner Street FlatsStepney LondonEngland 
Item 10 of 401934Chelsea House FlatsChelsea LondonEngland 
Item 11 of 401934Evelyn CourtHackney LondonEngland 
Item 12 of 401934Terrace of housesSt John's Wood LondonEngland 
Item 13 of 40Before 1934Masonic HallSilver End EssexEngland 
Item 14 of 401935Four blocks of flats, Rutland Gate  LondonEngland 
Item 15 of 401935German Hospital  LondonEngland 
Item 16 of 401935Glasgow Eye Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandInternal reconstruction of Burnet building and reconstruction of houses in Sandyford Place with new attic
Item 17 of 401935Hawkhead Infectious Diseases HospitalPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 18 of 401935House for the Jubilee of George V    Competition designs (unexecuted)
Item 19 of 401935Kirsop's shop  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 401935Steel HouseWestminster LondonEngland 
Item 21 of 40c. 1935Swan CourtChelsea LondonEnglandInteriors
Item 22 of 401936Housing Scheme, HowwoodJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 401936Royal Masonic Hospital, nurses' homeRavenscourt Park, Hammersmith LondonEngland 
Item 24 of 40c. 1936Anglo American Corporation of South Africa  JohannesburgSouth Africa 
Item 25 of 401937Benenden SanatoriumBenenden KentEnglandWing added
Item 26 of 401937House for Marques and Marquesa de Casa MauryMaida Vale LondonEngland 
Item 27 of 401937Joseph Tritton SchoolBattersea LondonEngland 
Item 28 of 401938British Linen BankJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 401938Colonial OfficeWestminster LondonEngland 
Item 30 of 401938GreenacresAscot BerkshireEngland 
Item 31 of 401938St Dunstan's Hospital ChapelRottingdean SussexEngland 
Item 32 of 401938West End Central Police Station  LondonEngland 
Item 33 of 401938Wilberforce Housing EstateBattersea LondonEngland 
Item 34 of 401939Camps for the National Camps Federation   England 
Item 35 of 401939Chamber of Shipping Building, Bury Court  LondonEngland 
Item 36 of 401939Ecclesfield Town Modern SchoolEcclesfield YorkshireEngland 
Item 37 of 401939Evacuation Camp, Broomlee EstateWest Linton PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 38 of 40After 1939Paisley General and Maternity HospitalPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandHospital planned but only Nurses' home built (completed in 1949, after Farquhar's death) - scheme transferred to Riccartsbar site
Item 39 of 401947Bakery and storePlymouth DevonEngland 
Item 40 of 401947Insurance OfficePlymouth DevonEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2Sir John Burnet, Tait & Partners1986Sir John Burnet, Tait & Partners: celebrating 150 years of excellence in Architecture Glasgow 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalFebruary 1945 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Margaret Brash Brodie and Harold Cullerne Pratt.
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no3736 (box 28); A no3842 (microfilm reel 28)