Robert D. Farquhar Collection MS.1968.017

Rebecca Ruud
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles 90018

Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Title: Robert D. Farquhar Collection
Creator: Farquhar, Robert D.
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1968.017
Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1900-1967
Abstract: Scrapbooks, ephemera, photographs, and correspondence related to architect Robert D. Farquhar and his work, particularly buildings commissioned by William Andrews Clark, Jr.
Physical Location: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
Language of Material: English .


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert D. Farquhar Collection, Clarkive Farquhar, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rebecca Ruud in 2012. The processor made all arrangement choices, as the provenance information for this collection was unclear.

Biographical Note

Robert D. Farquhar (1872-1967) was one of the foremost California architects of the early 20th century. He was born in Brooklyn, NY to David Webber Farquhar (1844-1905) and Sarah Malvia Joslyn in 1872. He was educated at Phillips Exter Academy and Harvard University before studying architecture at MIT and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1903, he married tennis championMarion Jones. The couple had three children; David Farquhar, John Percival Farquhar and Colin Farquhar.
Farquhar established his practice in Los Angeles in 1905 and was the prinicpal architect on such well known buildings in California as the Gorham House in Santa Monica, El Mirasol in Santa Barbara, the Barlow Medical Library, and the E.R. Kellam House in Pasadena. In 1915, Farquhar won a bid to design the Festival Hall at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. From 1918 to 1919, Farquhar closed his architectural practice and joined the Red Cross in Italy.
When he returned to Los Angeles in late 1919, he reopened his practice and went on to design several buildings for William Andrews Clark, Jr. including his library and memorial, in addition to the Canfield-Moreno Estate, Beverly Hills High School, the California Club, the Thomasella H. Graham residence, and (as a chief architect on a design team) the Pentagon. He died on December 6, 1967 in Berkeley, California where he had lived since retirement with his brother Francis P. Farquhar.

Scope and Contents

The Robert D. Farquhar Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives of the buildings Farquhar designed as well as scrapbooks, correspondence, personal papers and ephemera. The collection is mainly focused on the Wililam Andrews Clark Memorial Library, William Andrews Clark Jr's Mausoleum, and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, but also includes 2 scrapbooks, most likely created by Farquhar, with photographs of the buildings he designed (in addition to a third scrapbook of uncertain provenance).

List of Architectural Projects

Note: this list is not exhaustive.
  • El Mirasol (1905), Santa Barbara
  • Mrs. Christian Herter Residence (1905), Santa Barbara
  • Adelbert and Eva Feynes Residence (1906), Pasadena
  • Barlow Medical Library (1907), Los Angeles
  • O.T. Higgins Residence (1908), Redlands
  • Herman Blumenthal Residence (ca. 1908)(building improvement), Los Angeles
  • Dr. Robert P. McReynolds Residence (ca. 1908), Los Angeles
  • E.R. Kellam Residence (1908), Pasdadena
  • Santa Monica Board of Education, Washington School (1908), Santa Monica
  • Major General J.P.Story Residence (1909), Pasadena
  • Dwight Lefferts Residence (1910), Redlands
  • Gorham Residence (1910), Santa Monica
  • Henry Weyse/Charles Morris Residence (1910), Santa Monica
  • Thomasella H. Graham Residence (ca. 1910), Sierra Madre
  • Johnson Bransford Residence (1911), Nashville
  • R.D. Farquhar Residence (1911), Santa Monica
  • Roy Jones Residence (1911) (attributed), Santa Monica
  • Robert A. Rowan Residence (1911), Pasadena
  • Ralph Burnham Residence (1912), Riverside
  • Eugene H. Bragg Residence (1912), Pasadena
  • Chateau Bradbury (1912), Duarte
  • Dr. Haynes Residence (1912), Los Angeles
  • Charles Eaton Residence (1913), San Marino
  • Torrance Public Library, Central Libary (1913), Torrance
  • Panama-Pacific International Exposition's Festival Hall (1915), San Francisco
  • John S.Craven's Estate Pool (1916), Pasadena
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (1924-1926), Los Angeles
  • Alice McManus Clark Memorial Library (1926), University of Nevada, Reno
  • Clark Mausoleum (1924), Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles
  • Thomas C. Marlowe Residence (1921), Pasadena
  • Canfield-Moreno Estate (1923), Los Angeles
  • Harry Cohn House (1927), Los Angeles
  • Richard I. Rogers Residence (ca. 1927), Beverly Hills
  • Beverly Hills High School (1928), Beverly Hills
  • California Club (1929), Los Angeles
  • Marion MacNeil Smith Residence, (1931), Azuza
  • William H. Tippett Residence (1932), Del Mar
  • Clark Memorial Hall (1932), University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Owlwood-Roland Arnall Mansion (1936), Los Angeles
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Whittlesey Residence (1937), La Jolla
  • Harold McCormick Residence (1939), Beverly Hills
  • William Garland Residence (1940), Pebble Beach
  • The Pentagon (1941-1942), Arlington County, Virginia
  • Browning Building (1948), Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Mr.and Mrs. Billy Workman Residence, Los Angeles
  • Mrs. H.L. MacNeil Residence, Los Angeles
  • Hanson Moore Residence, Los Angeles
  • J.T.Lindley Residence, Azuza
  • Florence Brown Residence, Bel Air
  • Ada McCormicks' Father's Residence, Idaho
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Quinn Residence, Holmby Hills
  • Francis Farquhar Residence
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stroud Residence, Santa Monica
  • Harvey Mudd Residence, Beverly Hills
  • Mrs. Fudger Residence
  • Studio for Alice Lewisohn Crowley at "Crossroads", Ossining, New York
  • Mrs. Wesley C. Mitchell Residence, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Walter P. Lewisohn Residence. The Mill, Hunter's Creek
  • Jim Page-LA Library Branch
  • Stevens Residence

Related Materials

Robert D. Farquhar Architectural Drawings- UCLA Special Collections Collection #1579
Letters from Farquhar to the decorative wrought iron manufacturer, Edward G. Trinkkeller (1872-1945)- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Special Collections Department, Manuscript Collection #097
Clark B. Waterhouse Photograph Collection, 1915-1916- Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History
Barlow Medical Library Construction Photographs 1906-1907- UCLA Biomedical Library Collection #409

Acquisition Note

The provenance of these materials is unclear. The library holds records of a donation of materials from the Farquhar family soon after Robert Farquhar's 1967 death, and it is likely that most of the scrapbooks described below come from that gift (accession MS.1968.017). One box contains a note saying it was found by library staff in the Clark Library gatehouse in 1993; other while other materials were likely purchasedin the 1990s or early 2000s.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in two series: Series 1. Projects for William Andrews Clark Jr. and Series 2. Other Projects and Personal Papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Architecture, Domestic -- California -- 20th century
Architects -- United States -- 20th century
Scrapbooks -- United States -- 20th century
Photographs -- California -- 20th century
Clark, William Andrews, 1877-1934
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library


Projects for William Andrews Clark, Jr. Series I.  1920-1930

Container Summary: 4 boxes

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to the architecture of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and William Andrews Clark's Mausoleum. Also included is a scrapbook created around 1877. Included are photographs and pictorial negatives, ephemera, and correspondence.
box 1, box 2

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 1924-1926

Scope and Contents note

Two boxes of photographs and negatives detail the construction, interior, and exterior of the Clark Library building. Also included are letters sent between Clark and Farquhar as well as photographic negatives from some of Farquhar's other building projects.
box 3

William Andrews Clark Jr.'s Mausoleum 1920-1930

Scope and Contents Note

Included are prints and negatives of the mausoleum (located in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles) and its mosaics, materials relating to Clark's funeral, and Clark's obituary.
box 4

Scrapbook circa 1877

Scope and Contents Note

This scrapbook inlcudes ephemera and photographs from a journey to Europe, possibly by Farquhar or by a member of the Clark family. Cities included are: Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, Paris, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow, Warwick, London (including the Crystal Palace), Edinburgh, Stirling, Abbotsford, Melrose, Aberdeen, and Balmoral which are memorialized through photographs, postcards, and handwritten quotes. Some of the photographs appear to date from 1877.

Other Projects and Personal Papers Series II.  1900-1967

Container Summary: 3 boxes

Scope and Contents note

This series includes two scrapbooks with photographs from Farquhar's architectural projects and his travels in Italy with the Red Cross. Also included are photographic negatives and prints from the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition and Farquhar's personal papers, photographs, and printed ephemera.
box 5

Panama-Pacific International Exposition 1915

Scope and Contents Note

Included are many photographs and negatives of the Festival Hall, designed by Farquhar. Also included are printed ephemera including newspaper clippings, Exposition Souvenier Booklet, Exposition Fact Pamphlet, and Women's Board Pamphlets.
box 6-7, 9-11


Scope and Contents Note

The scrapbook in Box 6 includes the following architectural projects:
  • California Club
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
  • William Andrwes Clark Mausoleum
  • Wiliam H. Tippett Residence
  • Marion Macneil Smith Residence
  • Harvey Mudd Residence
  • R.I. Rogers Residence
  • Stevens House
  • John Cravens Pool
  • William Garland Residence
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Quinn Residence
  • Mr. and Mrs. Billy Workman Residence
  • Panama-Pacific International Exhibition
  • The Pentagon
Also included are photographs from Farquhar's time in Italy with the Red Cross 1918-1919, ephemera, and non-Farquhar buildings.
The scrapbook in Box 7 incldues the following architectural projects:
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Beach Residence
  • Alice McManus Clark Memorial Library
  • Beverly Hills High School
  • Mrs. Christian Herter Residence
  • Harry Gorham Residence
  • O.T. Higgins Residence
  • Johnson Bransford Residence
  • Dwight C. Lefferts Residence
  • Major General J.P. Story Residence
  • Fenyes Residence
  • Mr. and Mrs. Billy Workman Residence
  • Mrs. H.L.Macneil Residence
  • Hanson Moore Residence
  • Rob A. Rowan Residence
  • Dr. McReynolds Residence
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
  • Dr. John R. Haynes Residence
  • Charles Eaton Residence
  • Ralph Burnham Residence
  • J.T. Lindley Residence
  • T.H.Graham Residence
  • Jim Page Library
  • E.R. Kellam Residence
Also included are Farquhar's personal photographs.
The scrapbooks in Boxes 9-11 contain a mix of professional projects, personal photographs and images of famous buildings and artworks, presumably used as visual references. Projects included are the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, California Club, Stevens House, Thomas Eton House, Beverly Hills High School, Festival Hall, R.A. Rowan Residence, and Clark Building, University of Nevada Reno. Others may be included as well.
box 8

Personal Papers

Scope and Contents note

Family photographs, correspondence, and printed ephemera including newspaper clippings, postcards, and a calling card.