The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife Margaret created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles. The render on the outside of the building was never designed for our weather and the decision was made to put the house in a box! A controversial and unique option to save this beautiful work of art. Explore inside the Box and see the Hill House and Helensburgh from the walkways around the house and over the roof.
House of an Art Lover. In 1901 Mackintosh entered a competition to design a “Haus Eines Kunstfreundes” or “Art Lovers House” set by a German design magazine. The rules of the competition stated that only “genuinely original modern designs will be considered”. In the end, although Mackintosh was lauded for his competition design, his entry was disqualified but in 1989, Graham Roxburgh, the Consulting Engineer responsible for restoring Mackintosh interiors in nearby Craigie Hall, had the idea to finally build the House for an Art Lover. Roxburgh’s dream finally became a reality in 1990 when the building exterior and much of the interior and craftwork were completed by his remarkable team of architects, designers, builders and craftsmen.
The University of Glasgow and the Hunterian Museum is your next stop. The Hunterian houses one of the most important collections of the work of Charles and his wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The Mackintosh House is a meticulous reassemblage of the principal interiors from the Mackintoshes’ Glasgow home in Southpark Avenue. Substantial alterations were made in 1906 as Mackintosh remodelled the proportions and natural lighting of the Victorian end-of-terrace house. It has his and his wife’s distinctive style, which by today’s standards is remarkably austere with its simple lines and rose emblems.
If there is time enough then you may wish to have afternoon tea in The Willow Tearooms which follow the same themes used by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in many of his works and make extensive use of light and dark colours. The White Dining Room is a light, bright room, filled with elegant high-backed chairs and leaded glass. The Chinese Room, or "Blue Room" as it is known, is dark and atmospheric.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Glasgow).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Day Tour
A full day of Scotland's most famous architect with visits to The Hill House, House of an Art Lover and the Hunterian Museum and afternoon tea at the Willow Tearooms to round it all off.