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.

SUBSCRIBE TODAY

Sign up for free NHTG news bulletins here



Events

Free Event: Specifications & Tenders for Heritage Ironwork at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A day of practical guidance which will lead you through the process of writing and understanding specifications on historic ironwork, highlighting pointers and pitfalls in the tendering and procurement process.

Timber Buildings in Essex

This CPD lecture will be divided into two talks, one explaining how timber was sourced, converted, carpentered and assembled into buildings.

Stone Carving - Beginners

A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch.