Celebrating and Protecting the Legacy of Charles Rennie MacKintosh

A Glasgow MSP is calling for the Scottish Government to bring together the different owners of Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings and ensure they are protected and maintained to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Architect’s birth.

Anne McTaggart recently questioned the Culture Minister on how the Scottish Government engages with those responsible for the buildings and what it is doing to safeguard Rennie Mackintosh’s legacy.  However, the Scottish Government seemed reluctant to take a lead role in bringing together the owners of the buildings to ensure they are repaired.

 Today (Thursday 7th) sees the 144th anniversary of the birth of the Glasgow Architect whose designs include the world famous Glasgow School of Art and the former Glasgow Herald building which is now the Lighthouse – Scotland’s first, dedicated, national centre for architecture and design.

Anne McTaggart MSP said:

Rennie Mackintosh is at the heart of our city and his designs embody the gallus Glasgow style that is known the world over. 

“Living in Glasgow, it is a great treat to be able to enjoy his buildings all over the city, but we need to ensure that they are maintained to a level befitting the importance of the design. 

“But it is not just in Glasgow where we should be celebrating the genius that is Rennie Mackintosh – we heard in the Glasgow Herald only recently that The Hill House in Helensburgh, has “serious problems according to Rennie Mackintosh expert Roger Billcliffe.  There are also buildings in England which should be part of the celebrations. 

“Given the number of different groups and individuals responsible for the buildings and the Scottish Government has a significant role to play in bringing those groups together to encourage work to be started on preparations for the 150th anniversary of his birth. 

“After all, it is vital that neither legacy nor indeed his buildings of one of Scotland’s most cherished architects are left to crumble.”

Anne’s parliamentary motion can be viewed in full here

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