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Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Making of Glasgow

7 October 2021

5 days from £1,545pp

Arguably the most original and accomplished architect and designer to emerge around the turn of the nineteenth century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh travelled widely and enjoyed an international reputation from Vienna to New York. Yet his first love and the place where he always wanted to work was Glasgow, the city where he was born and lived the majority of his life.
 
  • Enjoy tea at The Willow, the spectacular tea-room created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald for Miss Kate Cranston, now beautifully restored with original features 
  • See the Tenement House and experience what life in the early 20th century was like for many of Glasgow’s lower middle classes, preserved in authentic condition.
  • Experience the most exciting National Trust project of the century at the Hill House, Helensburgh, designed by Mackintosh and decorated by him with Margaret’s help.
  • Admire the timeless modernity of the House for an Art Lover, built in the 1980s to designs made by Mackintosh and Margaret for a competition in Vienna and unrealised in their lifetimes.
All great and living architecture has been the direct expression of the needs and beliefs of man at the time of its creation. [Mackintosh]
 
Arguably the most original and accomplished architect and designer to emerge around the turn of the nineteenth century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh travelled widely and enjoyed an international reputation from Vienna to New York. Yet his first love and the place where he always wanted to work was Glasgow, the city where he was born and lived the majority of his life.
 
The Mackintosh style is immediately distinctive: a personal synthesis of styles and motifs, assembled partly by instinct and partly through a careful consideration of the practical requirements of each particular commission. And although in his lifetime he often had to battle against suspicion and disapproval, time has rewarded his refusal to compromise. Today Glasgow Style is Mackintosh Style: his name is synonymous with the place, and his buildings, public and private, are counted among the city’s finest - loved and admired, featuring on posters and postage stamps - while their creator is celebrated with everything from museums to murals, teashops to statues.
This tour explores the legacy of Mackintosh in Glasgow, from private buildings to public institutions, while also considering the ways in which the city itself shaped his unique and enduring vision. We shall also have a chance to enjoy some of the outstanding works of Margaret Macdonald, his fellow artist, partner and wife, whose intuitive flair for interior design led Mackintosh to declare that Margaret has genius, I have merely talent.
 

 

Your Accommodation

Grand Central Hotel

★★★★
Overview
Located at Glasgow Central Station, the award-winning Grand Central Hotel is an iconic hotel set within Glasgow’s shopping district. The historic building dates back to 1883. The hotel has original features including the grand staircase and the magnificent Champagne Central Bar with its domed ceiling and marble floor. This historic hotel has hosted stars including Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin, and even features in the James Bond book, License Renewed. In 1927 John Logie Baird broadcast the first-ever long-distance TV pictures from a 4th-floor bedroom.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Bottle of mineral water
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Korres toiletries
  • Laptop safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities