Mackintosh House

sights / Architecture

Mackintosh House information

Location
Glasgow , Scotland
Address
82 Hillhead St
More information
www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk
Prices
adult/child £5/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun
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Attached to the Hunterian Art Gallery , this is a reconstruction of the first home that Charles Rennie Mackintosh bought with his wife, noted designer/artist Margaret Macdonald. It's fair to say that interior decoration was one of their strong points; Mackintosh House is startling even today. The house is scheduled to become part of the new museum at Kelvin Hall , but probably not until 2020.

The quiet elegance of the hall and dining room on the ground floor give way to a stunning drawing room. There's something otherworldly about the very mannered style of the beaten silver panels, the long-backed chairs and the surface decorations echoing Celtic manuscript illuminations. You wouldn't have wanted to be the guest that spilled a glass of red on this carpet. Visits are by guided tour on the half hour.