The Hill House
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The Hill House

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece turns art into a home
The Hill House Drawing Room
  • Mackintosh created a visually arresting mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial and Japonisme architecture and design.

  • Restored by the National Trust for Scotland to look almost exactly as it did in 1904.

  • Plants that would have been available in the early 20th century are used in the beautifully restored garden.

  • Constructing the ‘box’ around the Hill House will allow the building to dry out and enable us to carry out crucial conservation work.

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About this place

The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up-and-coming architect Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald, created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles.

Think early 20th-century Scottish design and you’re bound to conjure up images of Mackintosh’s geometric lines and elegant purity. His creations were exquisitely simple and have become icons of the Glasgow Arts & Crafts movement.

Outside, the beautiful garden has also been restored in line with some of the early designs and reflects the palette of Mackintosh colours.

Mackintosh was a revolutionary designer, but the materials and techniques at the cutting edge of architectural design in 1900 haven’t withstood a century of the west of Scotland’s harsh, wet weather conditions.

The external render of the property has not proved watertight and the walls have gradually become saturated and are crumbling, with water now threatening the interiors.

If we don’t act soon, the house will be irreparably damaged and we’ll lose its iconic architecture and unique interiors forever.

We’re embarking on a 10-year conservation programme, which will allow continued public access to the house, but also offer views of the Hill House that have never been seen before, even by Mackintosh himself. Stage one will open to visitors in spring 2019, with a protective steel frame structure covered in chainmail mesh, featuring walkways around and over the top of the house. This structure, along with a new visitor centre, will deliver a unique heritage visitor experience.

Find out more about the temporary closure of the house.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Silver Award

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