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Queens Cross, Glasgow

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Queen's Cross Church is a former Church of Scotland parish church in Glasgow, Scotland. It is the only church designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to have been built, hence it is also known as The Mackintosh Church.HistoryIn 1896, the Free Church of St Matthew, Glasgow, commissioned a new church and hall from the experienced Glasgow architectural practice of Honeyman and Keppie, to be located within the developing area of Springbank, near Maryhill. John Honeyman allocated the job to his young, talented, trainee architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The site was an awkward one, being on a corner plot and butted by tenements and a large warehouse. In keeping with their beliefs, the Free Church required simplicity in design. A memorial stone was laid on 23 June 1898 and the church held its first service on 10 September 1899.Although he designed an Anglican Cathedral for Liverpool, as part of a competition, it was never built, so Queen's Cross was the only Mackintosh church to be completed. Building started shortly after Mackintosh finished his competition design for the Glasgow School of Art. It is built at Queen's Cross, at the junction of Garscube Road and Maryhill Road in Glasgow's Maryhill area.Mackintosh DesignExteriorUnlike many churches in Glasgow, Mackintosh's church doesn't have a huge towering spire, and is rather squat and more like a Norman Castle, called 'Modern gothic' by other architects. The main south-west tower was modelled on one at Merriot in Somerset which Mackintosh visited in 1895.
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  • Mackintosh's details are evident inside this church. The stained glass windows ofcourse, but the pulpit, the alter, the design of the brickwork. The hall at the back has a collection of mackintosh typ...  more »
  • Queens Cross Church is loving looked after by the Mackintosh Society. It is not the easiest place to get to but worth the effort if you are trying to see everything by Mackintosh. On the day we visite...  more »
  • This Church is a bit off the beaten track for Glasgow sights but well worth a visit specially if you are a Mackintosh fan. We caught a train from Bucanhan street to Hillhead then a taxi a bit too far ...  more »