House for Art Lover, Glasgow

House for Art Lover by Mackintosh

Today, I provided a private, Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture tour of Glasgow for two guests from the U.S.

After meeting at the Argyll Hotel we drove to House for an Art Lover at Bellahouston Park. This was designed by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald in 1901 but the actual building was not constructed until 1996. The exterior is shown above whilst this video clip  together with image below shows aspects of the interior which is the work of contemporary artist and craftspeople.

Dining Room at House for Art Lover

Dining Room at House for Art Lover by Mackintosh

Our next stop was Scotland Street School Museum. This was designed 1903 -06 and opened Aug 15th 1906. It proved to be Mackintosh’s last major commission in Glasgow.

Scotland St School, Glasgow

Scotland St School, Glasgow by Mackintosh

Next we drove to the Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross. This dates from 1897-9 wit a design revealing sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning. Unfortunately,the  interior was closed today. Here is a video clip  taken at a previous visit.

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow by Mackintosh

Next, we drove about 1 mile up the road to visit Ruchill Church Hall (1899). This is still in use today as a community centre.

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow by Mackintosh

Next we drove into central Glasgow. First visit was the Lighthouse which was originally designed by Mackintosh as the Glasgow Herald Building. Here is a video clip view of a rooftop vista taken from atop the tower shown in the image below.

Lighthouse Architecture Centre

Lighthouse Architecture Centre by Mackintosh

Next we walked a short distance to view the Daily Record Building in Renfield Lane (below) where Mackintosh displayed a striking of colour on the facade and skillfully combined sculpted sandstone and white glazed bricks to maximise light.

Daily Record Building, Glasgow

Daily Record Building, Glasgow, by Mackintosh

Inside the Daily Record Building is the Stereo Restaurant where we availed of a light lunch.

Stereo Restaurant, Daily Record Building

Stereo Restaurant, Daily Record Building, Glasgow

Our penultimate visit was the famous School of Art which was recentlyvoted ‘Britain’s favourite building of the past 175 years’.Dates from 1899-1909 and is still a working art school today. Mackintosh was a former student at the Art School.

Mackintosh designed Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art by Rennie Mackintosh

Our final visit of the day was to the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street. Here we availed of some light refreshment in the original Mackintosh designed interiors which include many original features.

Willow Tea Rooms by Mackintosh

Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow by Mackintosh

Inside Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

Inside Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow by Mackintosh

With tour now concluded I returned guests to their hotel and fond farewells.

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