Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Farquhar
Designation: Architect
Born: 1873
Bio Notes: George Farquhar was born in 1873 and articled to John McLean Crawford of Dumbarton in 1888; it is unclear whether he studied at Glasgow School of Art or at a local School. Whilst with McLean he spent some time in the architectural department of prominent Dumbarton shipbuilding firm William Denny & Bros, designing interior woodwork and decoration, presumably in conjunction with Crawford. In 1895 Farquhar moved to London to work in the office of Scottish-born architect-builder John Cathles Hill. After fifteen months there he left to join William George Robert Sprague, and in 1899 moved again to enter the War Office Architect's Department. He secured an appointment in H M Office of Works, London at the beginning of 1901, working under Walter Potts, and was still there when he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Pott, Henry Tanner and Henry Albert Collins. He specialised in post office design and also had experience of school work, domestic work, estate development, theatre, hospitals and libraries.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Ridgmont, Hampton Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 6John McLean (or Maclean) Crawford1888c. August 1895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Cathles Hillc. August 1895c. December 1896Assistant 
Item 3 of 6William George Robert Spraguec. December 1896c. March 1899Assistant 
Item 4 of 6War Office Architects Departmentc. March 1899c. January 1901Assistant 
Item 5 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)c. January 1901After 1911AssistantIn London office, under Walter Pott
Item 6 of 6Walter Pottc. January 1901After 1911AssistantIn H M Office of Works, London


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Albert Collins20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Walter Pott20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Henry Tanner20 July 1911for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1257