House For An Art Lover is a building in Bellahouston Park, celebrating a 1901 design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald. They submitted the design to a competition set by the German design magazine, Zeitshchrift für Innendekoration. The judges liked the designs but because the design for the interiors was submitted late, it was disqualified. The designs languished, unused, until Graham Roxburgh, the consulting engineer who had undertaken refurbishment work on Mackintosh interiors in Craigie Hall, was inspired to get the house built. This was achieved on the site of the former Thornhill House between 1989 and 1996. House for an Art Lover is now a considerable feature of Bellahouston Park. The Mackintosh designs were realised by John Kane and Graeme Robertson, and further developed by contemporary artists, under the inspired leadership of Professor Andy MacMillan, Head of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. Victorian designs are placed side by side with modern concepts. The original designs are displayed in each room. Today it is not only a visitor attraction in its own right, but also used for conferences, art exhibitions, weddings and other events. A charitable company owns the house “whose primary purpose is the stimulation of public interest in art, design & architecture”.
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