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The top Charles Rennie Macintosh must see places in Glasgow

25 May 2019
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) architect, designer and artist is celebrated around the world today as one of the most significant talents to emerge in the period from the mid 1890s to the late 1920s. And Glasgow is where he created his best-known work and where much of it still remains today. A visit to Glasgow would not be complete without a visit to see some of his works.

The Mackintosh House
The interior of 6 Florentine Terrace, home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh from 1906 to 1914, is meticulously reassembled inside the University's Hunterian Art Gallery.

The Willow Tea Rooms
Behind the remarkable facade that Mackintosh created for Kate Cranston at 217 Sauchiehall Street, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in a truly beautiful setting. The Willow was the only tea room building in which Mackintosh had 100% control over every part of its design, from the windows to the furniture, carpets and cutlery. Painstakingly restored, they have just reopened in the former splendour.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Glasgow Style gallery displays furniture, decorative objects and paintings that set Mackintosh's work in the context of Glasgow at the turn of the 20th Century.

The Mackintosh Church at Queen's Cross
This hidden treasure (the only church designed by CRM to be built) is a must-see for Mackintosh fans. The simplicity of the design is inspiring, and light and space are used to dramatic effect.

The Glasgow School of Art
Sadly this amazing legacy was largely destroyed by fire in June 2018 as it was nearing the end of its restoration works. At this point in time the future is still unclear.

Martyrs' Public School
Three ventilators with highly decorative finials top this solid red sandstone construction. Inside there are lime-wash plaster walls and spectacular roof trusses.

The Lighthouse.
The former head office of the Glasgow Herald newspaper,  The Lighthouse is  home to Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. The Tower offers a stunning 360° rooftop panorama of the city.

Daily Record Building, 20-26 Renfield Lane
When it comes to restoration, this building has been sadly neglected. Hidden down a lane, and bathed in darkness from the surrounding structures, it houses a groovy bar called Stereo. It's in the heart of the city centre, so take ten minutes from your shopping to look at the way Mackintosh skilfully uses colour on the facade, combined with sculpted sandstone and white glazed bricks to maximise light.

Scotland Street School Museum
Designed by Mackintosh between 1903-06 to provide schooling for 1250 children, today's museum is a place to find out what school was like from the Victorian era right up until the Sixties. Great fun for the kids, but it’s the structure of the building that is so memorable. Feast your eyes on the imposing leaded glass towers, the complex stonework and  tiled entrance hall.

House for an Art Lover
The House for an Art Lover was completed in 1996 and inspired by Mackintosh's portfolio of 1901 drawings that were submitted as a competition entry to a German design magazine. The story goes that, in typical Scots fashion, he'd submitted his entry after the deadline. More than any of his other work, the building reflects the true extent of his genius mind. Head to Bellahouston Park in the Southside and immerse yourself in the beauty of his architecture.

The Hill House
In Helensburgh about 30 miles from Glasgow, Hill House is now in the care the National Trust for Scotland and is currently still closed for renovations. Originally designed for the publisher Walter Blackie much of the original interior design has been reinstated and also the garden has been landscaped in line with original designs. Expected to re-open mid 2019.

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