Mourning the Mack – again

Mackintosh Building 22nd May 2014

This year is the 150th Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow should be celebrating – we were celebrating. There is a wonderful exhibition at Kelvingrove which I’ve seen and enjoyed (and intend to go back to) and just yesterday a new mural was unveiled which I’m hoping to see in person soon. But today I woke up to the news that Mackintosh’s iconic Glasgow School of Art has been hit by fire for the second time in four years. It’s devastating – restoration was going well and the building was due to reopen next year. There are no reports of casualties – thank goodness – but Glasgow mourns all the same.

The picture at the top of the post was taken the day before the first fire – I was one of the last people to visit the Mackintosh Library. I wrote about that experience at the time and was proud to be contacted by the restoration architects because “You have posted a beautiful photograph of the Library Windsor Chair that is really useful as it’s showing the reinforcements done to the original design.” My picture was to be part of their documentation!

The account of my Mackintosh visit is on my long defunct blog Adventures of a Retired Librarian where there are more pictures of what was lost. Last time, a restoration fund was quickly opened up. Today is too early for that, but I’ll keep you posted.

105 thoughts on “Mourning the Mack – again

  1. jazzfeathers July 2, 2018 / 07:33

    That is horrible and smells fishy. Two fires in four years? Cant’ be chancy.
    It’s devastanting when historical buildings get damaged, or worse destroyed. It’s a part of us that gets lost forever. And there are people who still don’t undertand it.
    So sad…


  2. Dr Sock July 1, 2018 / 17:53

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of this historic building.



  3. Joanne Sisco June 30, 2018 / 22:15

    I’m trying to catch up on some earlier posts and am now finally seeing this one. I have so many questions!!

    Is it bad luck or something far more nefarious going on with 2 fires in 4 years? I hope they are going to continue with the restoration?


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter June 30, 2018 / 22:45

      It’ll be a long time before the cause is known, but big questions are being asked, some that probably should have been asked more forcefully last time. The restoration has been completely lost and the latest news is that the structure is in danger of collapsing and will probably be at least partially dismantled soon. Not looking hopeful …


  4. Candia June 25, 2018 / 21:03

    So sad- five days ago I did a spontaneous painting about the fire and I called the piece ‘Resurgam!’
    It is on my site if anyone wants to view it.


  5. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] June 24, 2018 / 10:27

    When I saw it in the news my heart went out to those students who had their art collection in the building!! On a lighter note, Mackintosh reminds me of hard lollies on family car trips, to be savoured as not many were given out 🙂


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter June 24, 2018 / 11:36

      This time, there weren’t any students who lost work because the building wasn’t yet operational after the previous fire. Last time, a lot of students did lose work. It’s very sad.

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  6. j'adore champagne June 23, 2018 / 10:43

    In credible loss. I went the day after and took some photos of them putting out the fire, but can’t get very close. I can’t believe it happened. Again.


  7. Lucid Gypsy June 22, 2018 / 21:13

    Oh I read this on the BBC news page, it’s so sad, what a loss.


  8. artfullinguist June 21, 2018 / 01:53

    I’m so sorry to hear this – these buildings often feel like old friends, in addition to being so important to history.


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