TALKS & TOASTS | Celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150th

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Celebrate Mackintosh’s 150th!

“Influence of Mackintosh on New York ” – Scots who Built New York by John Kinnear, Architect, Historian & Director, American-Scottish Foundation

“Abstract Beauty: Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Hill House” presented by Kirstin Bridier, Executive Director, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

150 years ago this June, Scottish architect, designer, and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born. Mackintosh not only changed the face of Glasgow with his eclectic, original style—he also contributed to the emergence of modern architecture worldwide. Often working in concert with his wife, the artist Margaret MacDonald, Mackintosh integrated architecture, interiors, and decorative arts to create buildings that were total works of art. His designs reveal a striking mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial, and Japanese influences, marrying traditional Scottish values with modern architectural aspirations.

Today, from his iconic Glasgow School of Art to the Willow Tea Rooms, Mackintosh’s work is in the midst of a conservation renaissance – one that happens to coincide with celebrations of his 150th birthday. The National Trust for Scotland is launching a project to preserve Hill House, a suburban villa that is the architect’s most significant domestic design. More than a century of harsh weather conditions threaten the property and its priceless interiors, and a radical conservation approach has been developed.

Just as Mackintosh’s unornamented aesthetic went on to influence International Style architects like Le Corbusier, the questions raised by the restoration of his buildings have the ability to impact the preservation of early modern architecture around the world.

Hosted in partnership with The National Trust for Scotland Foundation, USA, The American-Scottish Foundation USA, and The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.

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TALKS & TOASTS | Celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 150th

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