Tragic Damage to a World Architectural Icon

 

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The recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art is a tragedy. Opened in 1909 the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Art Nouveau masterpiece is not only Glasgow’s most beloved structure it is probably the most famous Scottish building and is an internationally admired historic landmark.

The post-fire reports indicate that although the 1897-99 portion of the building, including the Mackintosh Museum and Mackintosh Room have survived unfortunately the main damage was to the west wing of the building, built between 1907-09 which included the world-famous and superbly crafted Mackintosh library. Much of the students work has also been destroyed.

Having visited the building a few years ago and marveled at the truly unique vision of Mackintosh one can only hope that restoration is possible.

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Glasgow School of Art blaze

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