RUCHILL CHURCH HALL
WHERE IS IT? North-west of the city centre, located on Shakespeare Street, near the intersection with Maryhill Road.
While not quite on the grand scale of some of Mackintosh's later works, Ruchill Church Hall exemplifies the architect's unique style, with his trademark art nouveau motifs displayed all over the building.
These recognisable traits, such as the stain glass windows and flower patterns embedded in the doors, are pure Mackintosh. In many respects, the design is similar to that of the Art School, although on a much smaller scale; the hall is dwarfed by the Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church adjacent to it. Completed in 1899, the hall was originally designed as a mission space for the then Free Church of Scotland and has changed very little since.
The adjacent church, Ruchill Kelvinside Parish, was built six years later in 1905, to accommodate the large congregations that gathered in the hall. The lack of modernisation allows visitors to see the building as it was a century ago. The Parish Church use the hall for meetings and also run a Mackintosh Tea Room so you can have a cup of tea while enjoying the architecture.
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