The Mackintosh Church, Queen’s 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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  • Magnificent achievement of Charles Mackintosh, within which lies a very interesting space dedicated to the life and work of Charles Mackintosh. In particular we can watch a movie very complete and very well documented. The curator of the Foundation gives you very interesting explanations. A very nice visit.
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  • great exterior and interior, slightly out of the way, but well worth a detour to see. We were shown around by a very helpful guide inside, who pointed out various details and history to use, and also ...  more »
  • If you are a fan of Charles Rennie Mackintosh you will really enjoy this building. The interior has so many small details which exemplify his work. It's a long walk from the nearest subway station - i...  more »
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  • Interestingly restrained Mackintosh work, shows subtleties that might be missing in his more flamboyant designs. The woodwork is lovely, but note also the structural engineering. There is a small museum and gift shop attached, and this is run by the Mackintosh society.
  • Fantastic place, another Mackintosh survivor. Staff super helpful.
  • Really worth seeing
  • Beautiful building

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