Gates at Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the heritage property known as Hill House in Helensburgh, S.W. Scotland.

Hill House dates from 1903 and was designed by famous Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. More examples of Mackintosh’s work can be found in this blog post.

Helensburgh is an upscale residential area located 31 miles N.W. of Glasgow with views across the Firth of Clyde (estuary).

Hill House was commissioned by wealthy publisher, Walter Blackie as a private, family home. More information:

  • Much of the modelling forms abstract, elemental formal compositions. The entrance facade is modelled graphically, in dynamically satisfying shapes of overlying planes. Privacy of the occupants is afforded via the grey, severe exterior.
  • Mackintosh was allowed considerable design freedom by Walter Blackie which affords visitors a  full appreciation for Mackintosh’s perspectives on domestic architecture.The result here is a blend of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme influences.
  • Mackintosh also designed the interior including graphics, furniture, cutlery, furnishing and fabrics. These interiors were the result of collaboration between Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, with latter contributing fabric designs and a panel in gesso above the fireplace in the drawing-room.

This property was acquired by Scotland’s National Trust in 1982 subsequent to which there has occurred a structural conservation programme and a return to Mackintosh’s original design concept. The extensive gardens around the house have also been restored and can be a delight in themselves during summer time.

Mackintosh aficionados may wish to consider renting the apartment within Hill House.

The House and garden are usually open to visitors from April 1st to October 31st between 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm daily.

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Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Garden Scene at Hill House, Helensburgh

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