MILLAR, LOUIS DU PUGET
- Born: 1877 Died: 1944
Architect, of Dublin. Louis du Puget Millar, second of the eight children of RICHARD CHAYTOR MILLAR , was born at Monkstown, Co. Dublin, on 26 July 1877. Like his elder brother, ADAM GERALD CHAYTOR MILLAR , he studied engineering at Trinity College, Dublin, obtaining the BAI degree in 1899.(1) He was a pupil in his father's office from 1896 to 1901and stayed on as an assistant. In 1904 he won second prize in the competition organized by the Midland Great Western Company for designs for workmens' cottages.(2)
In November 1907 Millar emigrated to the United States and settled in California, where, as a partner in the firm of Jeffery, Van Trees & Millar of Pasadena, he made a name for himself as a designer of buildings in the Arts & Crafts style. He later moved to the San Joaquin Valley, where he designed a number of Methodist and Episcopalian churches. He died of a heart attack at Bakersfield, Kern County, California on 23 February 1944. At the time of his death he was in partnership with Mahard Charles Crowder (Crowder & Millar). His wife, Ethel (née Lett), whom he had married in 1906, had predeceased him and his only daughter, Margaret, was married and living in England.
AAI:(3) elected member 1899; no longer on list of members for 1909-10.
RIAI: elected member, 7 December 1907, having been proposed by Richard Chaytor Millar, seconded by Adam Gerald Chaytor Millar and JAMES HENRY WEBB ;(4) no longer on list of members for 1909.
Addresses: 186 Great Brunswick St, 1903-1904; 60 Dawson Street, 1905-1908.(5)
All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the biography of Millar in John Steven McGroarty, ed., History of Los Angeles County (1923), 384-5; copies of this biography, Millar's death certificate, and other information about Millar's career in the USA were supplied John Edward Powell, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, USA.
(1) R.C. Cox, compiler, Trinity College School of Engineering: 'Graduates' in Engineering 1843-1992 (1993), unpaginated; McGroarty, op. cit., above, says that Millar graduated from Trinity in 1902 with a BE degree and that 'before entering Trinity…when twenty years old, he began to work in his father's office as an architect, and continued there as circumstances permitted'.
(2) IB 46, 30 Jan 1904, 37.
(3) Lists of members in AAI Green Books.
(4) RIAI general meeting minutes, 7 Nov 1907, 431; IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878- 1909 (extremely fragile).
(5) See note 3, above.