Visit Art Nouveau in Glasgow
Glasgow is the city of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
. And it has undergone
a large rehab work to restore or even rebuilt his works. And to open
his buildings to public. As far as I know, in 2009, it is the Art
Nouveau architect with the most important number of buildings open to
public! A hop on hop off bus tour is available and also a Mackintosh
day pass. Who has dreamed to have a Guimard bus tour in Paris?
So let us start the Mackintosh visit :
Glasgow School of Arts (***)
There are numerous guided tours to
visit it - no free visit and photos are forbidden ;-( - The guided
tours do not go everywhere in the building and important parts of it
are not included such as the director-s office, the board room, or the
studios. Despite these limitations that for myself do not match at all
with the aim of teaching and share ideas about Art, the building still
deserves the top mark : 3 stars.
Willow Tea Room (*)
Sauchiehall street 217
Not far from the
Glasgow School of Art, the visit is rather deceptive. You can admire
plasters and lights on the ground floor. A tea room on the first floor
and a tea room with stain glasses on the second floor and a stairway.
Queen-s Cross church (*)
: headquarter of the CR Mackintosh
society. Features a tower that shrinks on the top in a shape that had
been updated by Art Nouveau (see also the Belgian Art Nouveau). A lot
of fine wood work.
Rushill Church Hall : entrance through a parish tearoom. few things to
see (carved wood and stainglasses) have a look particularly to the
House of an Art Lover (**)
Bellahouston park, 10 Dumbreck road /
Paisley Road West
Build in 2002 after the 14 drawings by Mackintosh
for an architecture contest. Mackintosh was eliminated because he did
not give the right number of drawings regarding the instructions. It is
now a Museum and can be hired as a party room. It is one of the rare
places where you are allowed to take pictures. So check the hours for
visiting on the web, it can be modified according to party
organization. A nice children playground is just beside.The Music room and the dinning room are the most interesting rooms.
I have not been able to visit or see these buildings.
Hill House in Helensburg (***)
Helensburg is a
little town on the western shore of Scotland at 26 miles from Glasgow.
The visit is certainly one of the most interesting of the building
list. The bedroom, the main room and the hall are really worth the
drive. It is possible also to go there by train. The train station is
less than one mile down the house.
Hunterian Art Gallery : Mackintosh House
It was closed during
the two whole weeks I was in Scotland ;-(
It is reconstruction of the Mackintosh couple house at 6, Florentine Terrace where they lived from 1906 to 1914
Glasgow center area
if you are by car, I would recommend to park your car in
the Michell street car park which has a nice view on the Lighthouse
from its top floor.
Willow tea room
Buchanan street 97
Two rooms including the
Chinese room have been reconstructed but not exactly. You may find part
of the original decoration in the Kelvingston Museum. Very deceptive.
Herald Press Building (**)
Very narrow street and
so very difficult to have good pictures of the top of the building
which is the most impressive.
Michell lane 10 / Michell street
You may park
your car in the Michell street car park which has a nice view on the
Lighthouse from its top floor.
On your way to Glasgow
If you come to Glasgow by car from the continent, you will pass very
near Northampton where another building by Mackintosh is now open to
public. It is only 30 mn more (+ visit) on your journey :
78 Derngate, Northampton
It has been restored to its first
design (Mackintosh has redesigned it at least twice to turn it a little
brighter - and for me better). No picture allowed unfortunately. See
particularly the guests- bedroom (seems to be also in Hunterian) and
Is Mackintosh the only Art Nouveau architect in Glasgow?
A lot of things turn around Mackintosh in Glasgow. A little less around
his three fellows (Margaret Mc Donald, Mackintosh-s wife, her sister
France Mc Donald and Herbert Mc Nair, France-s husband). But I could
hardly see information about their influence on Glasgow architecture.
Are there some -pépites- to be found in Glasgow as we have in Bruxelles
or Paris beside of Horta-s or Guimard-s masterpieces? The 144, Saint
Vincent street that I have founded by chance let me think that yes.
(It was built in 1902 by James Salmon junior)
Have you got any information on other interesting Art
Nouveau buildings in Glasgow?
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