Back to my seven wonders – Glasgow School of Art is the utmost delight. It was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who won the commission as a result of a competition against already established architects. It was started in 1897 and the West wing was eventually completed in 1909.

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His style combined traditional Scottish architecture with a softer more Art Noveau style, epitomised by the Mackintosh rose. He designed fixtures, fittings and the furniture and the library at the school of art has been described as ‘one of the finest rooms in Glasgow’.

 

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It is an extraordinary building and one worth visiting. Although still a working art school, there are frequent guided tours of the entire building.  I’ve since discovered that as a major fund raising scheme, you can buy individual bricks, windows or even some of the brackets.  They are hoping to raise £8million to preserve and protect this fine historic building.  I’ve checked and most of the interesting bits are already sold, but you can buy a stone from round one of the windows for £20.

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