IT IS now recognised as one of Glasgow’s finest buildings – but the city’s School Board gave its famous architect a sharp rap on the knuckles when he submitted his final plans.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh got a bit of a row when he ‘added some creative flourishes’ to his original ideas for Scotland Street School, according to a letter which has resurfaced in Glasgow City Archives.
“It seems true that Mackintosh had definite ideas and may have been difficult to work with,” smiles archivist Michael Gallagher. “In the letter, they state they have ‘no desire for controversy but the attitude taken by Mr Mackintosh in his interview with the committee and in his letter…leaves us no alternative’, and called the architect’s embellishes, ‘absolutely objectionable from the point of view of school working’.”
Few cities around the world can beat Glasgow’s claim to be the genuine centre of love.The city is the location of some of the remains of St Valentine himself – in a Gorbals church no less.And speaking of love, the city bore witness to one of the most fascinating and profound love stories in the history of art and design – one that makes Casablanca look like The Conjuring.Glasgow’s most famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Continue reading →
A statue of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has had a cone placed on its head – just 10 days after it was unveiled.It was uncovered in the city’s Anderston area to mark the 90th anniversary of the designer’s death.The addition of a cone is in keeping with local tradition, which sees the Duke of Wellington statue in the city’s Royal Exchange Square wear one.Some locals say the cone demonstrates Glaswegians’ sense of humour and is as important as famous landmarks.In 2013, Glasgow City Council tried to end the practice, but abandoned their plans after a public backlash [ . . . ]
Questions about whether the Glasgow School of Art should maintain control of the Mac will be raised at a Scottish parliamentary committee, as criticism mounts over the college’s stewardship of the building
Four experts have been invited to Holyrood to give evidence next week (20 September) on the fire that almost completely destroyed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s landmark building in June.MSP Joan McAlpine, convenor of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, said the session would explore ‘how we got to this point, whether lessons were learned from the past’ and how to move forward. One of the witnesses, Mackintosh expert Roger Billcliffe, told Glasgow’s Evening Times that while he is still considering what he will recommend to MSPs, he believes that using the Mackintosh building as a teaching facility is ‘not reconcilable’.‘The building is a work of art and a museum; it should be treated like one,’ he said. ‘The future of the building should be under consideration and questions over whether it should remain as a school should be asked.’ [ . . . ]