Farquhar, L G

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Ludovic Gordon Farquhar was born in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, on the 9th of August 1899, son of Hilda Harrington Farquhar (née Mann) and Andrew Farquhar. His mother was an artist and his uncle was the portrait painter G. Harrington Mann, who also attended The Glasgow School of Art. During the First World War, Farquhar served as a Second Lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders battalion. After the war, Farquhar attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1919 to 1925 as a student of architecture and was awarded the Rowand Anderson travelling scholarship. He was elected ARIBA on the 30th of November 1925 and worked in London as an assistant at Sir John Burnet and immigrated to New York to work at Murray and Phillip. He also worked on the Century of Progress Exhibition at Chicago 1929-1930, for Raymond M. Hood who was the architect of the Rockefeller Center in New York. He finally worked for Henry Corse. Farquhar married Marie (née Lorne) the sister of Lorne, who he worked alongside in New York. Farquhar became a naturalized US citizen on the 29th of January 1930. Farquhar's talent was described by Francis Lorne: "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." In 1933, he is recorded to have lived in Fulham and in 1938, Holborn, Camden and was also known to have played the bagpipes. In 1937, Farquhar was taken into partnership and was admitted FRIBA in October 1939, for his successful work of the Savile Row Police Station as well as the Chamber of Shipping Offices in Bury Court in London. He also served as a Captain, in the Gordon Highlanders 2nd battalion, in the Second World War in which he was awarded the Military Cross (Theatre of Combat or Operation: Malaya and Singapore). He became a prisoner of war on the Bangkok-Moulmein Railway when Singapore was captured in February 1942. The Japanese surrendered and Farquhar was repatriated but, shortly after, he died at his home in London on the 23rd of December 1945. His death also followed the announcement of his awards in the London Gazette on the 13th of December 1945. Farquhar's burial took place at Golders Green Crematorium in London. Farquhar is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Find A Grave: Findagrave.com; The Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=203476;

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