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“Afternoon visit”

House for an Art Lover
Ranked #5 of 272 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 and built in the attractive setting of Bellahouston Park in the 1990s, House for an Art Lover allows the visitor an insight into Mackintosh's renowned talent not just as an architect, but as a an artist, designer and pioneer of the Modern Movement. The venue runs regular arts themed events and is home to the popular Art Lover's Cafe.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Afternoon visit”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Great example of Rennie Mackintosh design. I would have preferred a leaflet with the information, rather than only the audio guide.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
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“Art you can engage with”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This was a particularly enjoyable visit. Yes, it is a Mackintosh work, but he didn't produce architect's plans, only drawings, and as it was only executed 90 years later, he was not around to supervise. The upside of this is that the contents are not antiques, and you are allowed to sit in the chairs and play the piano, which gives you an immediate tactile contact with the art, and makes it somehow more involving, less of a museum. It gave us huge pleasure to sit at each end of the dining table, and to play the piano encased a rather over-the-top white design in the music room. Rooms tend to be either black or white, with dots of stained glass colour in little panels and inserts. It is an amazingly clean, simple and satisfying building, ahead of its time, preparing the way for Art Deco, Bauhaus and Modernism. So it is a tribute to Mackintosh's vision, the designs of his wife Margaret, and to the patient work of those who researched the project and enabled it to be built. The entry fee is very low, and includes a detailed audio guide. Parking is easy, and free. You can walk from Ibrox subway station.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Michael K
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip.”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I love this place. CRM is one of my favourite all time architects and I've been waiting for this to be complete after seeing pictures many times in books of how it would look. It is quite beautiful, set in lovely gardens. Definitely worth a visit

Visited October 2013
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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142 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“This is a "Must Do" for Macintosh followers”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

What an experience seeing this house. It is beautifully done. Charles and his new wife Margaret had designed this house for a German competition, but it got eliminated during the final reviews for some technical reason. The design drawings were saved, found and finally built in 1996 due to the perseverance and expertise of many Scottish artists and architect followers. This is a wonderful place with exquisite finishes that were created by artists who strived to bring Charles and Margaret's' ideas to real life. We easily took a train and walk to find the house and it was so worthwhile- the highlight of our visit in Glasgow. Dining there also was excellent. Also it is walkable to Burrell Collection if you are up to a little walk and adventure, then take train back to central station.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank KAP245
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Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The highlight of the Charles Rennie Macintosh trail, hidden away in a leafy suburb - don't miss it. An architectural masterpiece, created in the 1990s and based on Mackintosh's 1902 competition entry. The whole house truly reflects its name and the audio interpretation points out the detail and greatly enhances the experience. The music room is the high point - a wonderland of a room, a Scottish Hall of Mirrors (sans mirrors), you will gasp! Truly the perfect venue for a wedding or other celebration.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Trevor L
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