Mackintosh Design

This morning, I collected guests from central Glasgow and then embarked on a tour of key sites designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh ( 1868-1928).

Mackintosh was a designer and artist with wide-ranging skills which enabled him to provide a comprehensive design package for buildings including foundations, structural engineering and plumbing plus furniture, cutlery, fittings and fabrics. He was supported by his wife, Margaret MacDonald ( 1864-1933). who was skilled in embroidery, gesso, panels, watercolours and glass.

We commenced with a visit to Scotland Street School, now a museum and then moved on to:

  • House for an Art Lover. unfortunately the interior was closed but were able to view the exterior and garden.
  • The Queens Cross or ‘Mackintosh Church’ which was commissioned for the Free Church of Scotland but is no longer used for worship.
  • Ruchill Church Hall. Exterior view only as not open today.
  • 6 Florentine Terrace to which Mackintosh moved in 1906. since demolished but interior since meticulously reconstructed at the Hunterian Art Gallery. (Photographs of interior not permitted.)
  • Hill House at Helensburgh, about 50 minute drive from Glasgow. Completed 1906 for wealth publisher, Walter Blackie. One of only two residential homes desgined by Mackintosh, but considered his masterpicece. Mackintosh designed house, gardens, much of the furniture and interiors. Margaret MacDonald contributed fabric designs and a unique panel over the fireplace.

Hill House concluded our Mackintosh themed tour. With time to spare we called in to nearby Luss on Loch Lomond where we were restricted to ‘drive through’ due to heavy rainfall .

We returned to central Glasgow about 5.00pm

Scotland Street School, Glasgow. Video clip of front elevation

Rear of Scotland Street School, 1906.,

Scotland Street School

Staircase tower at Scotland Street School, 1906

Mackintosh Design

House for an Art Lover, designed 1901, completed 1996.

Houswe for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover Garden

House for Art Lover Garden

Mackintosh Church, 1899

Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Hall at Mackintosh Church, Glasgow

Mackintosh Design

Ruchill Church Hall, Glasgow, 1899

Ruchill Church Hall

Mackintosh House, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

Mackintosh House

Hill House, Helensburgh, 1902-4

Hill House

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