House for Art Lover

This morning, I collected guests from  central Glasgow and embarked on a day tour of selected Mackintosh sites.

First, we called at Scotland Street School. although interior was not open we were able to view the external elevations. This building was completed in 1906 and was Mackintosh’s last public commission in Glasgow. Note use of towers with conical roofs and walls of glass.

Reverse of building

Scotland Street School

Front of building

Scotland Street School

Next, we went to House for an Art Lover. This was designed in 1901 but not completed until 1996. Both Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald worked on the design which submitted for a competition requiring ” a grand house in¬†a thoroughly modern style”. Now one of Glasgow’;s top visitor attractions.

External view of House for an Art Lover

House for Art Lover

Music Room at House for an Art Lover

House for Art Lover

Garden at House for an Art Lover

House for Art Lover Garden

Next to Mackintosh Church in Garscube Road. This dates from 1899 and was commissioned by the Free Church of Scotland. Design by Mackintosh working for Honeyman and Keppie. This design reveals a sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning.

Church interior.

Mackintosh Church

Church exterior.

Mackintosh Church

Next, to nearby Ruchill Church Hall which dates from 1899. Still in use as a community centre. Considered a well planned, minor work. Unfortunately, the building was not open at time of our visit.

Ruchill Church Hall

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Next, we drove out to Helensburgh, overlooking the Firth of Clyde. We had lunch in the town and then visited Hill House which dates from 1902-4. This residential building was commissioned by publisher, Walter Blackie. Here, Mackintosh designed the house and gardens together with much of the furniture and interiors. Margaret MacDonald contributed fabric designs and a unique panel over the fireplace in the drawing-room. Now managed by The National Trust for Scotland.

Hill House, Helensburgh

With time to spare, we called in to visit the quaint and historic village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Weather was poor and the images below are from Catswhiskers library.

Luss Pier and Ben Lomond

Luss, Loch Lomond

Luss from Pier


Finally, we returned to Glasgow about 5.30 pm

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