This evening, my theme is Charles Rennie Mackintosh in general and Hill House in particular.

Hill House

Charles Rennie Mackintosh  designed Hill House at Helensburgh  for Glasgow businessman Walter Blackie in1903. It is located in a large plot above the Clyde coast. Much of the modelling forms abstract, elemental formal compositions. The entrance facade is modelled graphically, in dynamically satisfying shapes of overlying planes. Privacy of the occupants is afforded via the grey, severe exterior. Arguably, the building is as striking today as when first completed over 100 years ago.

Hill House

Mackintosh also designed the interior including graphics, furniture, cutlery, furnishing and fabrics. These interiors were the result of collaboration between Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, with latter contributing fabric designs and a panel in gesso above the fireplace in the drawing room

Hill House by Mackintosh

This property was acquired by Scotland’s National Trust in 1982 subsequent to which there has occurred a structural conservation programme and a return to Mackintosh’s original design concept. The extensive gardens around the house have also been restored and maintained in good condition.

Hill House

Walter Blackie allowed Mackintosh considerable freedom in the design of this masterpiece which allows visitors today to gain a full appreciation for Mackintosh’s domestic architecture. I was particularly intrigued by an early 20th century shower in the bathroom which features prominent piping and verges on a piece of art work.

Hill House

Elsewhere today, I have been working on a cat/feline themed tour and tidied up aspects of an upcoming castle themed tour. Also posted information on Murray Ancestry to my separate Glasgow Ancestry themed blog.

Weather has held up quite well.

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