Monday, June 30, 2014

Glasgow: An Aesthetic Disaster

On May 23rd fire damaged an important landmark of the Scottish Arts & Crafts movement.

Photo from 2008 by Mark Mulligan

 The Mackintosh building of the Glasgow School of Art burned at the end of the term. The building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was constructed between 1897 and 1909.

The Mackintosh Library was severely damaged.

See past photos of the building collected at this site:

Funds for restoration are being raised.


WoolenSails said...

That is a shame and with such an old building and the contents, I can imagine how bad it got.


Louise Bell said...

These things break my heart...I love historical buildings (kind of an understatement) and the loss of the artistry of architecture, construction, etc., is such a shame. I'm glad they're going to raise funds to repair/restore.

Nana Go-Go said...

The damage done has had a profound affect on the people of Glasgow and beyond but the Scottish Government has pledged quite a sum of money towards the restoration project. Sadly, the majority of students' work was also lost in the blaze, a catastrophe in itself after 4 years hard work leading up to graduation this year for some of them.

Terri said...

Disease, fire and war take so much from us. Glad there are efforts to reconstruct.