Urgent appeal launched to protect Charles Rennie Mackintosh house

An urgent appeal has been launched to build a protective box around a house built by inimitable architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which is rapidly deteriorating.

The National Trust for Scotland aims to raise £1.5m to build a box to protect the building, which is made from sandstone and Portland cement, to shield it from further damage.
Hill House was built between 1902 – 1904 and the years of harsh, wet weather in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute have cause the walls to dissolve.

Richard Williams, general manager for Glasgow and West at the NTS, said: “This is one of the most urgent and important appeals in our history. We have very limited time to get the box in place around the Hill House and start the process of drying the building out. It’s imperative that we secure the funds as soon as possible, to begin construction and protect the building from further degradation.”

The building will stay open to the public while conservators find ways of saving the house for the future.

Read more about the appeal here.


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