The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
The American-Scottish Foundation
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
Invite you to a Talk and Reception to Celebrate the 150th Birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
June 7, 2018
The General Society Library | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
20 West 44th Street
New York City
“Influence of Mackintosh on New York ” – Scots who Built New York by John Kinnear, Architect, Historian & Director, American-Scottish Foundation
“Abstract Beauty: Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Hill House” presented by Kirstin Bridier, Executive Director, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) is widely considered to be Scotland’s most famous architect. Often working in concert with his wife, the artist Margaret MacDonald, Mackintosh integrated architecture, interiors, and decorative arts to create buildings that were total works of art. His designs reveal a striking mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial, and Japanese influences, marrying traditional Scottish values with modern architectural aspirations.
Today, from his iconic Glasgow School of Art to the Willow Tea Rooms, Mackintosh’s work is in the midst of a conservation renaissance – one that happens to coincide with celebrations of his 150th birthday. The National Trust for Scotland is launching a project to preserve Hill House, a suburban villa that is the architect’s most significant domestic design. More than a century of harsh weather conditions threaten the property and its priceless interiors, and a radical conservation approach has been developed.
Just as Mackintosh’s unornamented aesthetic went on to influence International Style architects like Le Corbusier, the questions raised by the restoration of his buildings have the ability to impact the preservation of early modern architecture around the world.
John Kinnear, Principal of John Kinnear Architects and President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group, has an architectural practice based in Manhattan, which undertakes projects throughout the United States.
The firm is noted for its historical preservation as well as new structures incorporating traditional design styles. Recent projects include the restoration of the Ruth Mansion in Delaware, 26 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square for which he was the Project Architect.
Kirstin Bridier is executive director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. She previously served as the curator of education for the Nantucket Historical Association during the renovation and reinterpretation of their flagship Whaling Museum and led corporate and foundation giving for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kirstin attended Smith College and holds an M.Sc. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.