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Glasgow’s Architectural Highlights

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The birthplace of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and home to Alexander "Greek" Thomson for much of his life, Glasgow possesses an abundance of architectural riches. The influence of Mackintosh and Thomson can be witnessed in their numerous landmark buildings, and for many visitors it is the stunning creative peaks of the Victorian era that most allure. However, contemporary triumphs such as Norman Foster's Clyde Auditorium and Zaha Hadid's Museum of Transport also sparkle.
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Glasgow, UK
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...
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215 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EX, UK
An important piece of Glasgow’s architectural and cultural heritage, Mackintosh at the Willow occupies the same building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur and patron Catherine Cranston. It was here that Miss Cranston...
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Heading to Glasgow’s Necropolis at sundown in winter is not for the faint of heart. Cross the bridge by the cathedral and enter the cemetery known as the ‘City of the Dead.’ Established in 1831, back when the city was one of the...
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61-63 Netherlee Rd, Glasgow G44 3YU, UK
While most of the world knows of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, another architect from Glasgow arguably deserves more attention. Alexander “Greek” Thomson is responsible for several of the city center’s commercial buildings,...
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Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH, UK
The neo-classical building that houses the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is its own piece of architectural artwork. The former home of one of Glasgow’s wealthy tobacco lords, it was also a center for business and commercial exchange for more than...
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Upper Colquhoun St, Helensburgh G84 9AJ, UK
In 1902, publisher Walter Blackie commissioned Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless mansion, now considered the architect’s domestic masterpiece. Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Mary Macdonald, designed almost everything...
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Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
While Charles Rennie Mackintosh was undeniably the superstar of Glasgow's architecture scene, he was abetted by equally sterling talents including Alexander Greek Thomson. The best way to gain a full and rounded appreciation of the city's storied...