Window on Mackintosh, Scotland Street School

Window on Mackintosh, Scotland Street School, Glasgow

 
Today, our small group cultural tour focused on charles Rennie Mackintosh sites within Glasgow, Scotland. At about 26 C  temperature was hot by Scottish standards and sun glare affected photographs.
 
First stop was the Queen’s Cross Church  which was commissioned by the Free Church of Scotland for a congregation of 820 and completed in 1899. The building is no longer used for worship and is now used as the H.O.of the Mackintosh Society. The design reveals a sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning.
 
The group was given a well informed talk on the building by a Director of the Mackintosh Society.
 
 
 
Inside Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross
Inside Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross, Glasgow
Next we drove round to nearby Ruchill Church Hall which was built as a mission in 1899 and is considered as one of Mackintosh’s well-planned minor works. This building is still in use as a community centre and was in use by a number of local mothers and children during our visit. 
 
 
Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Next, we visited the Scotland Street School Museum. This was Mackintosh’s last public commission in Glasgow and dates from 1906. With this building, Mackintosh reversed tradition and gave the towers with conical roofs walls of glass with narrow stone mullions. Instead of spiral stairs he used straight flights which benefited from the light which streams into them.
Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Scotland Street School, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Next to view exterior of the former Daily Record Building in Renfield Lane and which dates from 1901. We had a good lunch within this building, at the Stereo Restaurant.
 
Daily Record Building, Renfield Lane

Daily Record Building, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

 
Next, a quick visit to the Lighthouse, the former Glasgow Herald newspaper building where Mackintosh is credited with the extension in 1893-95. On the third floor is a exhibition dedicated to Mackintosh’s work.
Lighthouse, Glasgow

Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Next to visit the Glasgow School of Art. This is acknowledged as Mackintosh’s masterpiece and was completed in two sections; eastern half 1899 and western half in 1909. The latter was when Mackintosh reached 41 years of age. It has been called the most important building worldwide in that decade. We were provided with an escorted tour of the exterior by a well qualified student-guide which included the furniture room. The design remains eminently suitable for painting and art work as a function of Mackintosh’s design which maximises the available light.
Side Elevation, Glasgow School of Art

Side Elevation, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

 
Tour Group at Glasgow School of Art

Tour Group at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

 
Finally, we walked round to the nearby Willow Tea Rooms  (designed by Mackintosh 1903-4) for a enjoyable afternoon tea, returning to the hotel about 5.00pm. Tomorrow, we visit Loch Lomond and Hill House, Helensburgh.
 
 
 
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