Discover Glasgow Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Born in Glasgow in 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is Scotland's most famous artist, architect and designer. He went on to become world-renowned for his distinct Art Noveau style which includes his signature floral decorative motifs.

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Mackintosh, the fourth of eleven children, began his career in 1884 at the age of 16, serving an apprenticeship with a local architect. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art from 1883 until 1894. During this time he met his future wife Margaret McDonald a fellow student with whom he would work closely on interior design. They married in 1900. Alongside Margaret and a close group of friends, Mackintosh brought 'The Glasgow Style' to life in many buildings and furniture, which you can see, around the city to this day.

Taking inspiration from Scottish traditions and mixing with Japanese influence, the Art Noveau style is truly stunning. Emerging as one of the most influential people to emerge from Scotland in the 1900's Mackintosh was and still remains an immensely popular talent.

There are many Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites that you can visit while in Glasgow, and that is not including the many private houses that he also designed. You can take a look at the furniture designed by him and his wife, the amazing architecture and the stunning paintings, which he indulged more in during later years.

Had it not been for an early competition that Mackintosh entered we may never have had the opportunity to see such a genius at work, the winning prize was to redesign a building in Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art to be exact, where Mackintosh, a former pupil, made a truly visionary mark. The GSA was judged the best building of the past 175 years in a RIBA nationwide poll in 2009 and the outpouring of grief following the school’s damaging fire in 2014 is a sign that the surge in his popularity continues. Fortunately much of the building was saved from destruction.

  • Glasgow School of Art

    167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ.

    Glasgow School of Art Founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government School of Design, it changed its name to The Glasgow School of Art in 1853. Initially located at 12 Ingram Street, in Merchant City, it was relocated to the McLellan Galleries in 1869. By 1897, work commenced on a a new building to house the School on Renfrew Street. This new building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • Scotland Street School Museum

    225 Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB

    Scotland Street School Museum Undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s much-loved museums, The Scotland Street Museum unveils the history of Scottish education housed in a genuine school environment. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this spectacularly grand showpiece between 1903 and 1906, an essential cultural attraction for Mackintosh aficionados and those interested in the history of architecture and design.
  • House for an Art Lover

    Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW

    House for an Art Lover Situated in the beautiful gounds of Bellahouston Park in Glasgow’s south side, The House for an Art Lover is one of Glasgow’s most unique art galleries and cultural attractions, housing one of the most enchanting pieces of recent research on Rennie Mackintosh.
  • Martyrs' Public School

    Martyrs' School, Parson Street, Glasgow, G4 0PX

    Martyrs' Public School Located in the Townhead district of Glasgow, Martyr's School is one of the earliest buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Designed in 1895 when Mackintosh was a junior assistant with Honeyman and Keppie, it opened two years later at a formal opening ceremony.
  • The Hill House

    Upper Colquhoun St, Helensburgh G84 9AJ

    Martyrs' Public School Situated in upper Helensburgh, in the graceful Victorian town of Helensburgh, The Hill House is renowned as the most exquisite domestic masterpiece of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This iconic house was commissioned in 1902 by wealthy Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie and completed in 1904. Hill House’s rooms have a timeless quality, appearing much more contemporaray than their 1904 design would suggest.
  • Ruchill Parish Church

    15-17 Shakespeare Street, Glasgow G20 8TH

    Martyrs' Public School The Ruchill Free Church Halls were completed in 1899. While more conservative than some of his later works, the Halls display Mackintosh's trademark style and his art nouveau motifs are scattered throughout the building. With stain glass windows and flower patterns etched in the doors, the design resembles that of the Art School. It consists of two halls & two committee rooms which are used by todays' active church congregation.
  • The Lighthouse

    11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU.

    The Lighthouse Offering an inspiring look at architecture and design through the years. Spread out over six floors you will experience a serious of exhibits and programs detailing everything you need to know. You can also see the stunning Mackintosh Tower and Mackintosh Tower; which are both award-winning pieces. You can also make the most of the stylish rooftop café and bar.

  • The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross

    870 Garscube Road, Glasgow G20 7EL.

    The Mackintosh Church Queens Cross Church aptly labelled as ‘The Mackintosh Church’ in the Maryhill area of Glasgow was commissioned in 1896 as St Mathew’s Church by the Free Church of Scotland. Designed by Honeyman & Keppie’s most renowned Architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this stunningly beautiful place of worship opened for services on 10 September 1899.