Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Today has been another busy day, Mr L has declared he is looking forward to getting to Skye for a rest…..he has obviously forgotten about the Isle of Skye Natural History Walks book we bought in Waterstones at Braehead yesterday!!

The first port of call today was Bellahouston Park and the House for an Art Lover. We parked up in a parking lay-by near one of the park gates and had a lovely walk through Bellahouston Park. The morning had a real autumnal feel to it with warmth and blues skies and the trees just on the change to their autumn colours.  The House for an Art Lover was on the opposite side of the park where it also had a proper car park for visitors!

The House of an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park

The House of an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park

Mackintosh stained glass

Mackintosh stained glass

Mackintosh panel

Mackintosh panel

In 1901, Charles Rennie Mackintosh entered a German interior design magazine competition to design a House for an Art Lover. Mackintosh’s entry was disqualified as it was missing some drawings.  The drawings were rediscovered some years later and in 1987, Glasgow civil engineer, Graham Roxburgh, conceived and developed the idea of building the House for an Art Lover from the competition drawings. This dream became a reality in 1996. It is a stunning house incorporating the combined architectural designs, furnishings and style of Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald.  Whereas we all hang art on our walls, Mackintosh and MacDonald create art within the design and structure of their buildings.

Bellahouston Park also has a sunken garden, a walled garden and was the site of the Empire Exhibition, Scotland 1938.  You can still see where some of the exhibition pavilions must have located, and there is a permanent memorial to the 1938 Exhibition here.

Walled Garden

Walled Garden in Bellahouston Park

We then drove back into the city through the fashionable West End, up past the Botanic Gardens and on down the Great Western Road until we found a quirky little cafe to appease Mr L’s lunchtime hunger pangs. Oscar & Felix is a shop-cafe, Mr L chose the healthy green salad with the possibly less healthy addition of fried black pudding and a poached egg on top whereas I went for the tomato, pesto and mozzarella toasted bagel!

Next stop was Sauchiehall Street where I made Mr L walk up probably the steepest little hill in Glasgow to Renfrew Street to show him the Mackintosh design masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. Sadly most of the building is completely obscured by scaffolding….work is obviously commencing to repair the damage from last year’s devastating fire…..so not a huge amount to see.  We strolled down to where the Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms are, but were too late to partake of afternoon tea, and then off down Buchanan Street and Mitchell Lane to show Mr L The Lighthouse, another Mackintosh designed building previously the HQ of the Glasgow Herald and now a design museum.

Dinner was an excellent Indian at Charcoals in the city centre.

Charcoals on Renfield Street

Charcoals on Renfield Street

We had stopped en route for a pre-dinner quick half of Tennents (brewed here in Glasgow) at Sharkeys, a very traditional little pub built in under the arches of the rarely used goods railway line just near our hotel.  Mr L has been intrigued by this overhead railway as it looks disused and overgrown, so now he knows!

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