Today, I a provided a small group tour of selected Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture sites in and around Glasgow.

Mackintosh lived 1868-1928. He was an outstanding architect and designer who, in conjunction with his wife, Margaret MacDonald, designed every aspect of a project down to such details as cutlery, furniture and light fittings.

Of the sites visited today, only the Mackintosh Church permitted interior photography.

We started the tour by calling at the Mackintosh Church in Garscube Road where the group were provided with a talk by the Director of the Mackintosh Society. The Church dates from 1897-9 with design revealing a sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning.

Inside Queens Cross Church at Maryhill, Glasgow

Next we transferred to Glasgow’s West End to visit the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery.This comprises the recreated interiors of the Mackintoshes private home between 1906-1914, the original having been demolished. Guests were provided with a guided tour of the interior,

Lantern and Finial by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Hunterian Art Gallery

Mackintosh House at Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

Next we travelled west for about 45 minutes tracking the valley of the River Clyde to Helensburgh to visit Hill House which is now owned by Scotland’s National Trust.

This is a complete residential house commissioned by publisher, Walter Blackie and dates from 1903.Mackintosh designed the house, gardens and much of the interiors and furniture. Margaret MacDonald contributed fabric designs and a unique panel over the fireplace. Considered a daring design with air of restrained elegance.

Video clip of Hill House

Hill House, Helensburgh

Spring flowers at Hill House, Helensburgh

Guests were returned to central Glasgow at 3.30pm.

The tour benefited from sunny and dry weather.

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