Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning

The project provides a richly-illustrated Catalogue of all known architectural projects by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, including over 1200 drawings by Mackintosh and the practice, analytical and contextual essays, a timeline and glossary.

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Catalogue entry for Scotland Street Public School
Catalogue entry for Scotland Street Public School

'Mackintosh Architecture' provides a richly-illustrated Catalogue of all known architectural projects by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The site also provides entries for projects by the practice, John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh during the Mackintosh years 1889–1913; images and data from the office record books; a catalogue raisonné of over 1200 drawings by Mackintosh and the practice; analytical and contextual essays; biographies of over 400 clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers; timeline; glossary; and bibliography.

The Catalogue contains 358 entries which document all known architectural projects by Mackintosh from 1888 to 1920, and, as context, all projects by the practice of John Honeyman & Keppie (from 1901 Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh) during the Mackintosh years 1889 to 1913. Architecture has been broadly defined as involving structural work. Entries are also provided for monuments and exhibition displays; though arguably not architecture, these important outputs have not previously been systematically catalogued. The projects are classified according to four different categories of Mackintosh's authorship.

Projects by Mackintosh which are not recorded in the job books of the office and which have been judged as primarily interior decoration, for example the mural decorations at St Serf's, Dysart or Miss Cranston's Buchanan Street tea rooms, are not included. Information on such schemes, together with descriptions of the interior fitting-out of all of Mackintosh's buildings, is contained in Roger Billcliffe's comprehensive publication, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs (Cameron & Hollis, 4th edn 2009).

The investigation of Mackintosh's architecture is based on first-hand analysis of the buildings and primary sources. Archival records, including planning submissions, correspondence, office job books, and later surveys have been evaluated to map out timelines, development of the projects, budgets, and history of change. All of the known architectural drawings have been catalogued, photographed and evaluated. Clients, colleagues, contractors and suppliers have been identified and researched. Period and later photographs have been recorded, scanned and assessed to help determine project history and provide a record of subsequent change. Principal lifetime periodicals and exhibition records in Scotland, the UK, continental Europe and the US have been consulted as well as key architectural histories for posthumous narrative, to evaluate dissemination and reception. Analysis of contemporary building types, including schools, art schools, commercial buildings and domestic villas, has been undertaken to provide comparative assessments.