I promised you photos, so here you have photos. Alas, these photos aren’t new, but were drawn from my personal archives due to current events.
You may have heard that the Glasgow School of Art, a stunning Art Noveau building designed by the great Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, burned down last Friday. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the building itself is a huge loss en par with the fire at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar in 2004. For Art Noveau architecture, a style which already is quite rare due to being deemed too radical in its day and not radical enough by latter generations, this is the worst loss since Victor Horta‘s L’Innovation department store in Brussels burned down in 1967, killing 323 people in one of the great unsolved (and sadly forgotten) cases of the 20th century. The link itself is not graphic, but be warned that if you google for images of the building, you will find graphic images.
I’m a big fan of Art Noveau design and architecture, so I have been aware of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his work for a long time now. And seeing footage of the fire reminded me that I actually have some photos of the Glasgow School of Art and other Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings in my archives, taken during a trip in 2010. So enjoy the architecture and interior design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, some of which is now lost:
The Glasgow School of Art is not the only building Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed in Glasgow. In fact, his architectural legacy can be found throughout the city. Another example are the Willow Tearooms, a chain of tea and coffee shops designed and furnished by Mackintosh. Two of the tearooms still exist and I had the chance to visit them and take some photos back in 2010.