Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Farquhar, Robert

ID: 212
Full Name: Robert David Farquhar
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1872-02-23
Death Date: 1967-12-06
Family: Parents: His parents were David Webber Farquhar (1844-1905) and Sarah Malvina Joslyn, both born in MA.
Relocation: Born in NY, he resided at 381 California Terrace, Pasadena, CA, in 1930. According to the US Census of that year, the house had a value of $18,000. He lived alone except for a servant, his cook, Bettina Kjolmoen (1885-1972), born in Norway, who came to the US c. 1909. In 1930, he lived next door to architect Roland E. Coate, Sr., (1890-1958) who resided with his family at 389 California Terrace. Farquhar died in Hayward, CA, at the age of 95.
Biographical Information: Education: Graduate, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, c. 1889; undergraduate degree, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1893; degree in architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1893-1895; Dipl., École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1896-1901.
Work History: Draftsman, Hunt and Hunt, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1901; Designer, Carrère and Hastings, Architects, New York, NY, c. 1903; work in Los Angeles, CA, c. 1905-1910; Principal, Robert D. Farquhar, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1910-1918; restarted 1919-1940; like many architectural offices in the US, World War I disrupted Farquhar's usual business; many architects joined the armed forces or worked in defense related building projects. Farquhar closed his architectural practice in Los Angeles, CA, in 02/1918. In 08/1918, it was reported that he had left for Italy to work for the Red Cross. By late 10/1919, he had reopened his office in Los Angeles. Architectural practices, for the most part, stayed frozen between 1917-1919. The virulent Spanish Flu Pandemic also caused a public health emergency across the US between of 03/1918 and mid-1919, (becoming most serious in CA, OR, and WA between 09/1918 and 11/1918, but lingering through the Spring of 1919), further stagnating construction operations. (See "The Great Pandemic," <> Accessed 10/27/2014.)
Miscellaneous: SSN: 550-34-9624;
Professional Awards: Post College: Distinguished Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Southern California Chapter; Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1919.
Archives: Farquhar's papers, "Robert D. Farquhar Architectural Drawings, 1920-1940," were donated to the the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections, Collection #1579; letters from Farquhar to the decorative wrought iron manufacturer, Edward G. Trinkkeller (1872-1945), are held at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Special Collections Department, Manuscript Collection #097;
Countries: United States
Publications: "Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, Calif., Robert D. Farquhar, architect.", American Architect, 135: 115-120, 01/1929.
"Plans for Beverly Hills High School buildings", Architect and Engineer, 62, 07/1928.
"Farquhar closes practice", Architect and Engineer, 109, 02/1918.
"Architect for the William Andrews Clark, Jr., Library, Los Angeles", Architect and Engineer, 87, 04/1927.
"Farquhar leaves for Italy", Architect and Engineer, 109, 08/1918.
"California Club, Los Angeles: Robert D. Farquhar, Architect, George W. Kelham, consulting architect", Architectural Digest, 8: 2, 4-10, 1931-1933 ?.
"Clark Library, Los Angeles", California Arts and Architecture, 38-40, 06/1929.
"Clark mausoleum wins gold medals", Hollywood Citizen, 1, 01/06/1922.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 160, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 265, 1994.
"Mausoleum picture feature of exhibition--plans for structure at Hollywood Cemetery is special winner..."", Los Angeles Examiner, 1, 01/04/1923.
"Farquhar, Robert David, Obituary", Los Angeles Times, 28, 12/08/1967.
"Redlands home Italian villa", Los Angeles Times, 1, 05/03/1908.
Beyette, Beverly, "A rescue mission that's closer to home", Los Angeles Times, E6, 11/03/1995.
Daneker, Jerome G., Romance of Georgia Marble, 68, 1927.
"Beverly Hills High School", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 33, 07/13/1928.
"Farquhar reopens architectural office", Southwest Builder and Contractor, 11, 10/31/1919.
"Library building at Torrance", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 16, col 2, 06/07/1913.
"Plans for library building at Torrance", Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer, 12, col 2-3, 39, 05/24/1913.
Bradshaw, Jon, "The Club Game", West, 9, 8/6/1972.
"Residence of Dr. R.P. McReynolds, Los Angeles, California", Western Architect, 17: 2, np, 02/1911.