Student design for a mountain chapel

M004 Student design for a mountain chapel

Date: 1888
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

This design was produced while Mackintosh was still a student at the Glasgow School of Art. In the second half of the 19th century, teaching in British art schools followed a curriculum laid down by the Department of Art and Science in London, a centralised scheme known from the Department's location as the 'South Kensington System'. Students' work from all over the country was submitted to South Kensington each year in a National Competition. In 1888, Mackintosh's Mountain Chapel won him a bronze medal, one of 113 awarded. In the same year, 8 gold and 42 silver medals were also awarded, along with 233 book prizes, the winners being selected from 2473 entries. 1 Mackintosh's design was exhibited along with the other prize-winning drawings at the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum). 2

The present whereabouts of the drawing are not known, and no illustration of it has come to light, but the Building News published the following description in its review of the exhibition: 'A very clever design for a mountain chapel by Chas. R. McIntosh, Glasgow, takes a bronze medal. The plan is simple and well grouped. A low tile-roofed tower forms the vestry, attached to a vestibule and porch. A single-span tiled roof, hipped at end, covers the church; the walling is of a bluish-grey "rag," making a pleasing contrast with the red tiles, and the details are simple and effective.' 3 The hipped, red-tiled roof reappeared the following year in Mackintosh's design for a Presbyterian Church, which won a prize at South Kensington in 1889.

Scan Excerpt from GSA report Mackintosh design for Mountain Church, 1887–8, p.14



1: Building News, 55, 3 August 1888, p. 131.

2: Building News, 55, 3 August 1888, p. 131.

3: Building News, 55, 3 August 1888, p. 131.