Mackintosh Queen's Cross is one of Glasgow's hidden architectural gems. The only church in the world designed by the great Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Commissioned in 1896 by the Free Church, the simplicity of the design is inspiring. The windows are Gothic in character, yet are infused with the Mackintosh spirit, and the floral motifs he affected can be easily recognised, particularly on the tracery of the large western window above the chancel.
Mackintosh Queen's Cross now houses a plethora of events for the CRM Society and has provided Glasgow with a new venue for weddings, concerts, meetings and seminars. The CRM Society continues to deliver lively learning experiences, workshops and activities for schools, students, adults, families and children. This year the Society launched a new volunteer programme offering new recruits a range of opportunities to get involved in supporting the organisation.
Image: Master craftsmen Angus Johnston and Martins Cirulis of Laurence McIntosh in the Mackintosh Library prototype which they have made.
The Glasgow School of Art unveiled the full size prototype of a Mackintosh Library bay on, 8 September 2017, at the workshops of specialist carpenters, Laurence McIntosh. Six months in the making the prototype has been used to test and retest every aspect of the design and manufacture of this centrepiece of the Mackintosh Building restoration.
The process began with detailed research of items retrieved and information gathered in the archaeological survey complemented by detailed consultation of Mackintosh’s original designs, early photography, letters and other documentation. The challenge then was to translate this mainly 2D imagery into the 3D prototype.
“Today marks a hugely significant step in the restoration of the Mackintosh Building,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “From the outset we said that we would restore the building and restore it well. The creation of this prototype which are unveiling today is underpinned by two years of ground-breaking and hugely detailed research ranging from information discovered in the archaeological survey to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original designs and paperwork and meticulous designs of every element, profile and joint to 0.5 millimetre accuracy which were created by our design team and then incorporated into a comprehensive set of drawings for the specialist carpenters to work from.”
“The challenge was then to convert this research into the physical object. Months of testing and retesting of all aspects of the design and manufacture by Laurence McIntosh working in close partnership with our design team lead Page\Park have culminated in this final prototype. The calibre of the craftsmanship in every aspect of the manufacture is of the highest order and is testament to the skill of the specialist carvers and woodworkers here at Laurence McIntosh
Click on the headlines below to read other news features on the restoration:
Work is under way to construct a new roof on Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building, via BBC News
Click to watch the BBC News feature about the restoration of the iconic Mackintosh Library lights.
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Last admission 4.00pm
Please note, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross will be closed 16 January to 4 February 2018 due to arrangements for Celtic Connections. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Adults £4.00 Conc £2.00
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Mackintosh Queen's Cross has an excellent library and the shop stocks an extensive range of Mackintosh books and gifts. In our Hall you can relax and have a coffee while watching one of our excellent Mackintosh films.