Visit to The Hill House
Saturday 7 September 2019
The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 9AJ
The Hill House, completed in 1904, 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 created almost everything; from the building itself to the furniture and textiles.
Mackintosh’s experimental design, coupled with his trial of new materials, resulted in the house showing signs of serious deterioration in recent years. The external render of the property has not proved watertight; the walls have gradually become saturated and are crumbling, with water threatening the interiors.
The National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a 10-year conservation programme, allowing continued public access to the house, and also views of Hill House that have never been seen before, even by Mackintosh himself.
A unique chain mail structure was built around the property which allows the combination of conservation work and public access. The Box acts as a giant shield covering the entire building, protecting it from the rain while allowing the house to dry out.
Attendees enjoyed a visit to the house and the opportunity to view the unique structure.
Soup and sandwiches were served, followed by a talk.