This evening, the country remains gripped by extreme winter conditions. The snow has eased but not so the cold temperatures.

My blog theme is one of Glasgow’s top visitor attractions, namely House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh ( 1868-1928).

Mackintosh was a multi-skilled designer and artist whose raged from jewellery to graphics, from wall decoration to exhibited paintings, from pottery vases to wood engravings.  He was a prominent member of the ‘Glasgow Four’ comprising himself, Herbert MacNair and the two sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald. Mackintosh married Margaret Macdonald.

Mackintosh’s skills were such that he designed complete buildings, including structure, ventilation systems and plumbing. Overriding this skill set was the design of places to be inhabited, the rooms, sequence of rooms, their form light and material.

In 1901 Mackintosh entered a competition set by a German design magazine which sought entries to design a ‘grand house in a thoroughly modern style’  Haus Eines Kunstfreundes and challenged architects to develop ideas which were fresh and innovative.

Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald worked on a submission which, unfortunately, was disqualified due to technical non-compliance with the competition rules. However, the judges did see fit to award the designs a special prize ” for their pronounced personal quality, their novel and austere form and the uniform configuration of interior and exterior.”

For 90 years Mackintosh’s designs languished unrealized until in 1989 and engineer named Graham Roxburgh promoted the idea of building the House. A site in Bellahouston Park, on te fringes of Glasgow, became available but work was not completed until 1996. The rooms include: the Main Room, Dining Room, Oval Room, Music Room and the Margaret Macdonald Room.

This building regularly features in my Glasgow tours including dedicated Mackintosh tours.

Mackintosh's House for Art Lover

House for Art lover by C.R. Mackintosh


Rennie Mackintosh's House for Art Lover

House for Art Lover

Side Elevation of House for Art Lover

House for Art Lover in Winter

Elsewhere today, I have:

  • Responded to an enquiry for a Gardens Tour.
  • Attended to matters regarding two group tours for 2011.
  • Posted information to my separate Glasgow Ancestry blog on Trogghi family history.
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