Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: GRE-001
Glasgow is a city of marked architectural styles, from the flamboyant art deco of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the modest Victorian terraced tenement. Join us as we enjoy a panoramic overview of the city of Glasgow and explore the world of Glasgow’s best known architect.
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 which spans the mid-1890s to the late 1920s. His contribution to modern architecture and design is unquestioned. He was born one of eleven children in Glasgow. Combining a progressive modernity with the spirit of romanticism, the Scottish architect created many of the best loved and most influential buildings, furniture and decorative schemes of the early 20th century. Few designers can claim to have created a unique and individual style that is so instantly recognizable.
The Hill House, a stunning building placed to overlook the River Clyde and often cited as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most impressive domestic construction. Strategically placed to provide fantastic views of the Clyde, The Hill House provides a grand example of not only the architectural genius of Mackintosh himself but also the intricate touches that his wife, Margaret MacDonald, added in the form of furniture and fabric design.
During your tour of the House, admire the timeless features that appear throughout. Mackintosh was famous for his attention to detail and The Hill House represents all the elegance and forward-thinking that made him so influential in the European Design of the time period. Take time to learn more in the Information Room, providing a historical backstory for Mackintosh and his inspirations, and explore the elegant gardens that have been carefully restored to house plants that would have been available during this time period.
Enjoy a refreshment break at The Hill House before reboarding your coach to return to the ship.
Please note: Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, dress in layers and be prepared for the possibility of rain.