Monday, 6 May 2013

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Tenement House Museum

A late start this morning as we start to adjust to the time change. Awoke to rain this morning so knew we were in fact in Scotland. Today's agenda for Glasgow included the Tenement House Museum.



We had arrived a few minutes early so decided to wander around the neighbourhood. In doing so, we managed our own wee Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour. First stop was the Glasgow Museum of Art. 


As we headed back to the Tenement House ├┐hMuseum, we also passed the Rennie Mackintosh Hotel.

 
Unfortunately that part of Glasgow is built on some serious hills. Including this one:



The Tenement Museum is under the care of the National Trust. Curiously, the NTS doesn't permit photography. Not just flash photography. Any photography. I say unfortunate because the museum houses a wealth of social History. By allowing photography, pieces of that history could have been shared which might have inspired additional visitors seeking to understand the way of life of their ancestors and their patronage could have generated income for the NTS.

And after touring the Tenement Museum, we went to the Willow Tea Room. on Sauchiehall Street.  This is one of five tea rooms that were part of the partnership between Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Kate Cranston. It was at the Willow that he was able to design an entire tea room.


 
His Piece de Resistance was called the Room de Luxe, an exclusive Ladies room that was for the more upscale women in the area. The chairs and settees were upholstered in a rich rose-purple. The tables and high backed, Mackintosh style chairs were painted silver.  The walls were painted white. There was a frieze of leaded glass panels. One side wall held the fireplace. This room, which was more luxurious and elegant than the rest of the tea rooms, charged an additional penny for tea to be taken here.
 

 
The original doors are worth nearly a quarter of a million pounds and are in protective plex-glass.
 

All too soon, it was time for us to leave Glasgow and head to Edinburgh where our research in the various archives will soon begin.

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