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Glasgow’s Architectural Visionary
Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) did more to shape the face of his home city than perhaps any other artist. A pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement, he created more than a dozen commercial buildings and private homes that are still considered some of Glasgow’s finest architectural gems. Among them are The Lighthouse, Mackintosh’s first public commission that now houses a center for design; the Scotland Street School, bookended by leaded glass towers; and the modern, understated Queen’s Cross Church (now known as the Mackintosh Church). His pièce de résistance, though, was the dramatic many-windowed Glasgow School of Art building, completed in 1909 and used by fine art students to this day. For more information about the places and people who make Glasgow special, visit
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