This Blog is also available as an RSS Feed

Features

Mackintosh House of the Art Lover

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was one of the most talented and respected architects of Glasgow, Scotland. His designs are still studied and admired today, as he seemed to have a unique vision in each of his creations and a passion for bringing spectacular buildings to life. In 1901, Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald, were given the opportunity to design without limits and create a house without predetermined specifications. Margaret, a masterful decorative artist, enjoyed the opportunity to work with her husband and create a house for a German magazine competition, called the House of the Art Lover.

Even though his blueprint was eliminated from the competition due to late entry, their design was still recognized for its potential, quality and superior looks. In the 1980’s a consulting engineer, who does not take no for an answer, started campaigning for the house to be built. The tenacity of Graham Roxburg paid off, and more than a hundred years after the original plans were drawn up the Mackintosh House of the Art Lover started to become a reality. Construction started in 1989, but came to a halt in the nineties. With the assistance of the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow City Council, construction continued in 1994 until completion. Today, the House of the Art lover stands in Ballahouston Park, waiting to be explored and admired.

The House of the Art Lover has become a popular attraction in Scotland, mainly because of its uniqueness. The Mackintosh Exhibition is a rare opportunity for visitors to view the drawings of each room made by Mackintosh and compare them to the finished product. In addition, there are audio and visual displays that highlight significant features of the house and it’s interior.

There are tours available at the house and the rooms are each unique and extraordinary in their own way. Visitors are recommended to take a slow walk through each of the suites so as not to miss anything. The rooms consist of the Main Hall, the Dining Room, the Music Room, the Oval Room, the Margaret MacDonald Room and the Interpretation Room. From art works to design splendor and from detailed to serious architectural lines, the House of the Art Lover has it all. As an important attraction, the house accommodates visitors who are disabled and invites everyone to relax and enjoy tasty refreshments in the Art Lovers’ Café after marveling at the house. The Art Lovers Shop is a limitless variety of stationary, gifts, books, crafted jewelry and many more fascinating items. A visit to the House of the Art Lover is an unforgettable design adventure and opportunity to explore the realms of architecture.

 





Combine Flights?













New Business Users, read more and join on the Business Affiliates page.

New Individual Users, join on the Forum Users Registration page.

Latest Travel Articles

Highland Fling - by Joan Jaffe (Part One)

We were bound to have trouble in Customs with the muesli, Dick predicted, and maybe the half jar.... read more

Highland Fling - by Joan Jaffe (Part Two)

The charm of hiking in the Highlands is the other side of the difficulty: that is, the mostly tr.... read more

Lakes & Lochs of the Trossachs Region

Often referred to with the affectionate moniker of “the highlands in miniature”, the Trossac.... read more

Bathgate's History at the Bennie Museum

Visitors to Bathgate in West Lothian will find loads of interesting information on the history o.... read more

Stroll Through the Beatrix Potter Garden in Birnam

Situated in the Perthshire village of Birnam, the Beatrix Potter Garden pays tribute to the 19th.... read more

More Articles