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The Highlands’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh house is up for sale

It’s not often I see a house I’d really like to buy, but over the years I’ve come to learn that it would date roughly from the 1930s and that it would be notably Art Deco.

In some way’s, I’ve achieved that already, as my house is in fact a product of the 1930s, but it’s designer was not overly influenced by the Art Deco style, and I believe what little evidence there is of the style was added by its first owners.

Art Deco was preceded by Art Nouveau, an organic movement that shared little with the later style, which was primarily a technological style of the emerging machine age.

For Glasgow, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his artist wife Margaret Macdonald were pioneers of the earlier style, although they were not generally appreciated at the time. Recognition really only came after their deaths, and in more modern times, their later popularity has come to see them as victims of those who like to pour scorn on genuine genius and success.

Mackintosh had started on plans for a house for himself and his wife, but these were never completed. However, the house was built, eventually, and completed in 1992. As the owners downsize, it has come on to the market, but opening with a suggested price of around £895,000 no matter how much I like it, it won’t be on my little shopping list. Well, I couldn’t even afford to turn the heating on!

I note this was later clarified to be £650,000 for the house, with the studio offered separately at £215,000 – still not on my shopping list though.

WowHaus » On the market: Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Artist’s Cottage & Studio and South House in Inverness, Scotland

The cottage lies off the road, and can be missed, but some years ago a sign and Art Nouveau installation was placed at the roadside, so it’s harder to miss.

The BBC story referenced below has a video showing the house:

An unusual house built at Farr in Inverness-shire to designs drawn up by a famous Scottish architect has been put up for sale. BBC Scotland was given a tour. The term unique is all too-frequently used. Especially by estate agents. But, on this occasion, the expression is justified. In 1900, the celebrated Glasgow architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh produced drawings for the Artist’s Cottage and Studio – a house intended for him and his wife Margaret, also a talented painter. However, it was never built,  in his lifetime at least. Scroll forward 92 years and the building was finally completed on a site near Inverness, Mackintosh enthusiasts remaining meticulously faithful to the original designs, now held by the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow. The drawings only detailed the floor plan and exterior elevations. But the six-bedroom home has been painstakingly and studiously furnished in Mackintosh style, following genuine period details from interiors such as Hill House and Miss Cranston’s famous tearooms. And now the only house of its kind in the world is up for sale.

via BBC News – The Highlands’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh house. (January 16, 2013)

See also 6 bedroom detached house for sale in Farr, Inverness, Inverness-Shire IV2 – 27464145 – Zoopla

Just for fun – you might like to consider The Scotsman’s article on this sale, where it tells readers “A PROPERTY that was designed by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh but was not built for 90 years has been put up for sale.” Correct, of course, but it took them a while to notice…

Charles Rennie Mackintosh dream home goes on sale – Scotland – (March 27, 2013)

The Artist’s Cottage has been recreated to a similar standard, and in the same style as Mackintosh’s original work, and the galleries you can find showing the property confirm this. If you didn’t know, or wanted to pretend it was original, it wouldn’t be hard to fool most people. The biggest “tell” would be the lack of ageing of the material used, but even that will fix itself after a hundred years or so.

You can see a collection of more than thirty images of the cottage in this Canmore entry:

Site Record for Farr, Artist’s Cottage

Mackintosh Artist's House

The Artist’s Cottage

Artist's House and studio

Artist’s Cottage and studio

Not mentioned by most reports is the presence of two other house in the same style, neighbouring the Artist’s Cottage, which can be seen in background, between North House and South House.


January 16, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , , ,

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