The Hill House represents the union of two architectural
opposites: traditional Scottish values and modern international
aspirations. It is the satisfactory resolution of these contradictory
elements that demonstrates the extraordinary talent of its
designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. With consummate grace
he succeeded in synthesising the old with the new, merging
form with function and fact with fairytale.
By 1902, when he came to design Hill House, Mackintosh's architectural
vocabulary was sufficiently developed to provide that unique
combination of traditional and modern forms, which was to
become the hallmark of his style. He was ready to design a
house that was also a total work of art, the 'gesamtkunstwerk'
so eagerly sought by Mackintosh's Continental contemporaries.
North of the Main road, Helensburg
1.30 - 5.00 pm April to October
The Hill House
Upper Colquhoun Street