More than a year after fire gutted the Mac, Glasgow is gearing up for a hat-trick of Charles Rennie Mackintosh restoration projects.
Last month, as work continued at the Glasgow School of Art’s former home, the RIAS launched a design competition for the £4 million overhaul of the architect’s Willow Tea Rooms in nearby Sauchiehall Street.
Now the Hunterian Art Gallery has announced a ‘major programme of repair work’ which will see its iconic Mackintosh House exhibition temporarily closed. And this time water rather than fire is the problem.
The full-scale interior recreation of Mackintosh’s now-demolished 78 Southpark Avenue home within the gallery is threatened by leaks, and requires structural repairs as well as waterproofing, repainting and cleaning.
The museum insists the interior will reopen refreshed – but unaltered – in time for the Mackintosh Festival 2015 in October.