Today, with two guests, I embarked on a Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture themed tour of Glasgow.

First, we visited the stunning House for an Art Lover. This was designed by Mackintosh in 1901 but completed in 1996. Features a permanent exhibition of decorative furnished rooms by contemporary artists and craftspeople. There is also an adjacent well maintained garden which was resplendent in full colour today.

House for Art Lover by Rennie Mackintosh

House for Art Lover by Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow


Music Room, House for Art Lover

Music Room, House for Art Lover, Glasgow


Colourful Garden, house for Art Lover

Colourful Garden, House for Art Lover, Glasgow

Next to nearby Scotland Street School which features  impressive leaded glass towers, carved stonework and interplay of light and space.

Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Scotland Street School, Glasgow, Scotland

 Next to the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. The only church designed by Mackintosh to be built. Features stained glass and exceptional relief carving on wood and stonework. Light and space are used to dramatic effect.

Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross

Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross, Glasgow


Interior of Mackintosh Church

Interior of Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

 Next to nearby Ruchill Church Hall. This was built as a mission and consists of two halls and two committee rooms. A well planned minor work. Building is still in use as a Community Centre.

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow, Scotland


Inside Ruchill Church Hall, by Mackintosh

Inside Ruchill Church Hall, by Mackintosh, Glasgow

 Next to the  Lighthouse. Formerly, the Glasgow Herald Building which incorporates a floor dedicated to Mackintosh’s work.

Lighthouse by Mackintosh

Lighthouse by Mackintosh, Glasgow

Mackintosh Exhibition at Lighthouse
Mackintosh Exhibition at Lighthouse, Glasgow
 Next to the Daily Record Building in Renfield Lane. Here Mackintosh made skillful use of colour on the facade and skilfully combined sculpted sandstone and white glaze bricks to maximum effect. Inside there is the Stereo  Restaurant where we availed of a light lunch.
Daily Record Building, Renfield Lane

Daily Record Building, Renfield Lane, Glasgow


Stereo Restaurant, Renfield Lane

Stereo Restaurant, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

 Next to the Glasgow School of Art which is acknowledged as Mackintosh’s masterpiece. Guests joined a guided tour of the interior which lasted about one hour.

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland


Aspect of Mackintosh designed Glasgow School of Art

Aspect of Mackintosh designed Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Final visit of the day was to the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, close to the Art School. Here we availed of afternoon tea in very pleasant surroundings.

Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street

Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Finally, I returned guests to their hotel in the West End where tour ended at about 5.30pm.

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