Address: Hunterian Art Gallery, 82 Hillhead Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 946 6600
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm; Closed Monday
The Hunterian Art Gallery is home to The Mackintosh House, a painstaking reconstruction of the interiors from the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Walking around the meticulously reconstructed Mackintosh House offers an intimate glimpse into the private living space of Glasgow’s most famous son.
Breathe in the spirit of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and his artist-wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, as you wander through their home.
The Mackintosh House is a meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors from the Mackintoshes’ Glasgow home. The couple lived at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace), just 100m away from the gallery, from 1906 to 1914.
Substantial alterations were made in 1906 as Mackintosh re-modeled the proportions and natural lighting of the Victorian end-of-terrace house. The principal interiors were decorated in his distinctive style, remarkable then, and now, for the disciplined austerity of the furnishings and decoration.
The house was demolished in the early 1960s, but the original fixtures were preserved and reassembled, complete with the contents, as an integral part of the Hunterian Art Gallery.
The architects took pains to ensure that the sequence of rooms exactly reflected the original. That attention to detail even extends to the same views and effects of natural light, as 78 Southpark Avenue stood only some 100 metres away. The interiors have even been furnished with the Mackintoshes’ own furniture, all to Mackintosh’s design.