A unique opportunity for an in depth exploration of Mackintosh's greatest domestic works with an introductory talk by Graham Roxburgh, who conceived the idea to build House for an Art Lover, followed by a guided tour of the House and visits to see Mackintosh's Glasgow home and his finest domestic creation, Hill House, overlooking the Clyde in Helensburgh.
House for an Art Lover Tour Guide James Winnett will accompany you throughout the day which will begin with tea, coffee and scones and a rare opportunity to hear the insights of Graham Roxburgh, who in 1987 struck on the idea of transforming Mackintosh's designs of 1901 into the House we see today. Graham will illuminate the process by which a remarkable team of architects, designers, builders and craftspeople turned his dream into a reality with the House opening in 1996.
James will then lead you on a tour of the House and grounds before heading off to explore the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery. Here you will gain an insight into how in 1906 Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald remodelled an existing Victorian terrace to become the West End home where they lived until 1914. Although the original building was demolished in the 1960s the principle interiors were preserved and reassembled in 1981 as an integral part of the Hunterian Art Gallery. Today these distinctive rooms, complete with original fixtures and furnishings provide a valuable insight into how Mackintosh and MacDonald lived day to day in their own domestic space.
With time for lunch included we will then travel to Helensburgh to see the house that is widely regarded as the finest and most complete of Mackintosh's domestic creations Hill House. Designed in 1902 for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, the House combines Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japanese influences and is complete with a host of unique furnishings such as Margaret Macdonald's textiles and beautiful fireplace panels.
There will be time to explore everything the house has to offer including the surrounding formal gardens before we make our way back to Glasgow and return to House for an Art Lover.
9.45am - Arrival (Tea/coffee and scones)
10am - Talk by Graham Roxburgh
1030am - Tour of House for an Art Lover and the grounds
1130am - Bus to Hunterian (Mackintosh House)
1200/1230pm - Tour of Mackintosh House
1pm - Bus to Helensburgh/ packed lunch
2pm - 4pm - Tour and time at Hillhouse
4pm - Bus to House for an Art Lover
430pm - Finish
Coffee and scone on arrival
Talk by Graham Roxburgh
Entry to House for an Art Lover, Mackintosh House and Hill House
Dedicated tour guide
Maximum 19 people including tour guide