This evening, my theme is Glasgow architecture with particular focus on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the ‘Mackintosh Church’

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

C.R.Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

 Charles Rennie Mackintosh ( 1868-1928) was possibly the foremost architect and designer originating from Glasgow. He was one of the ‘Glasgow Four’ comprising himself, Herbert Macnair and the sisters Margaret and Frances McDonald. This group worked within the Glasgow School of Art (designed by Mackintosh) around 1890-1910.

Mackintosh has left a considerable legacy of his work in and around Glasgow, S.W.Scotland. Examples include the famous House for an Art Lover, Scotland Street School Museum, Hill House and much more. View this previous blog post for an overview of the Glasgow sites.

The church featured is located a Queen’s Cross and represents the only church designed by Mackintosh to be built. It is no longer used for worship and acts as the Mackintosh Society’s international headquarters.

Interior of Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Interior of C.R.Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

As these images show, light and space are used to dramatic effect. The great barrel vault (redolent of an upturned ship’s hull) is dominated by steel tie-beams with a hint of Gothic -Revival style.

Mackintosh Church Interior, Glasgow

Interior of Mackintosh Church , Glasgow

In common with many of his other works, Mackintosh viewed the interior as a work of art. At Queen’s Cross he also designed  the communion table, alms dishes and armchairs.

Overall, this site is of great interest to Mackintosh aficionados. The relatively modest exterior is deceptive relative to the entirety of the building.

Elsewhere today:

  • I have been primarily focused on working on the outline of  a private Scotland-England tour for a family group of 10 persons. They wish to visit the Henley Regatta in summer but prices of hotels there are astronomic. Will see how this works out.
  • Just received enquiry in for a private, Charles Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour.
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