Inside Queen’s Cross Church, Glasgow, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on the Mackintosh or Queen’s Cross Church in Garscube Road, Glasgow close to the Maryhill area.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was an outstanding, Glasgow born architect and designer who pioneered the Modern Movement. He was famous for designing every aspect of a project down to such details as cutlery, furniture and light fittings. Mackintosh’s wife, margaret MacDonald had design skills in her own right and co-operated with her husband on various projects. There exist about nine extant examples of Mackintosh’s work in and around Glasgow, West of Scotland the most famous of which being the Glasgow School of Art.

Church Exterior

The church building dates from 1897-9 and, surprisingly for such an elaborate design, was actually commissioned by the conservative, Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).

Video clip of church interior.

Summary facts and information:-

  • Commission for the design work was awarded to the Glasgow firm of Honeyman & Keppie with the work delegated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)  who was simultaneously working on the new Glasgow School of Art.
  • Design influenced by the Free Gothic Style.
  • The only Mackintosh designed church which was actually built.
  • Mackintosh was restricted by limited space due to proximity of tenements and other buildings (since demolished).
  • The main body of the church seats 559 under a timber barrel-vaulted roof spanned by steel tie-beams.
  • The church features a short, tapering tower with attached octagonal stair tower.
  • No longer used for worship but a visitor attraction and Chief Office of the CRM Society. Weddings and other events take place at the church.

Pulpit at Queen’s Cross Church

Communion Table at Queen’s Cross Church

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