The Hill House is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece. Working to a commission from Glasgow book publisher Walter Blackie, up and coming architect Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald, created almost everything you see here, from the building itself to the furniture and textiles.
Think early 20th-century Scottish design and you’re bound to conjure up images of Mackintosh’s geometric lines and elegant purity. His creations were exquisitely simple and have become icons of the Glasgow Arts & Crafts movement.
Outside, the beautiful garden has also been restored in line with some of the early designs and reflects the palette of Mackintosh colours.
Mackintosh was a revolutionary designer, but the materials and techniques at the cutting edge of architectural design in 1900 haven’t withstood a century of the west of Scotland’s harsh, wet weather conditions. The external render of the property has not proved watertight and the walls have gradually become saturated and are crumbling, with water now threatening the interiors.
The Box is the National Trust for Scotland’s innovative solution to the problem of water damage at the Hill House. This will act as a giant shield covering the entire building, protecting it from the rain while allowing the house to dry out and our conservators to begin their work rescuing this iconic home.