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Queen's Cross Church, 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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TripAdvisor
  • I went there yesterday on a wonderful "lids open" day when people could come along and play the 3 pianos that are in the building. I was blown away by the simple beauty of the building - very Hill Hou...  more »
  • Mackintosh Queen's Cross is one of Glasgow's hidden architectural gems, and being the only church in the world designed by the great Scottish Architect, designer and artist, it is well and truly worth...  more »
  • From the collection receptacles scattered about, to the selection of Mackintosh "tracts" available in the back of the church, to the eager volunteer waiting to proselytize to the visitor on the beauty...  more »
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  • Beautiful building