This morning, I collected my guests from the Argyll Guest House in Sauchiehall Street to embark on a Charles Rennie Mackintosh themed tour of Glasgow.
Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a multi-skilled artist, architect and designer. He was Glasgow based where most of his legacy can be found. From time to time he worked in conjunction wit his wife, Margaret Macdonald who was a decorative artist. 
Our first stop was House for an Art Lover which was completed in 1996 from a design dating from 1901. Unfortunately, the interior was not open to the public this morning but we were able to admire the building from the exterior.

House for Art Lover

Next, we visited Scotland Street School which was Mackintosh’s last major commission in Glasgow. Here we viewed the leaded glass towers, tiled entrance hall, unique stonework and mastery of light and space. This building is now a school museum.

Glass Towers at Scotland St School


Scotland St School, Glasgow


Scotland St School- Detail

Next we visited te Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. Magnificent stained glass, relief carving and clever use of light and space. This building is now the HQ of the Mackintosh Society. See this video clip for a view of the interior.

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

After the church we drove to nearby Ruchill Church Hall which consists of two halls and two committee rooms. Originally built as a community centre and still in use for that purpose today. During our visit a group of mothers and children were using the facilities there.

Ruchill Church Hall

Next we decided to take a look at Glasgow’s famous Necropolis (City of the Dead) which is close to Glasgow Cathedral. Here can be found elaborate memorials to the great and good of Victorian Glasgow, reflecting Glasgow’s status as second city of the British Empire.

Glasgow Cathedral from Necroplis

After lunch at the Religious Museum we drove to central Glasgow. Here we visited the Daily Record Building in Renfield Lane. In practice this can only be accessed on foot.

Daily Record Building, Glasgow

We also visited the Lighthouse which incorporates the Mackintosh Tower and a floor dedicated to Mackintosh’s design.

Mackintosh Design at Lighthouse

Our final visit was to the Glasgow School of Art which was designed by Mackintosh and dates from 1896. Guests availed of a one hour tour of this iconic building which still functions as an art school.

Glasgow School of Art

At end of the Art School tour light was beginning to fade so we returned to the lodgings and fond farewells after a successful tour.

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