The Glasgow School of Art

M134 The Glasgow School of Art

Address: 167, Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
Date: 1896–9; 1903–6; 1907–9
Client: Glasgow School of Art
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of detail of W. front of Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is Mackintosh's most celebrated building, recognised since the 1930s as a work of international importance. Built in two major phases, it comprises studios and workshops for teaching; a library and museum; accommodation for the Headmaster (Director); professors' studios; and a variety of secondary spaces for administrative and other purposes.

Authorship: During the first phase, the building committee dealt with John Keppie, and in contemporary official records Mackintosh is only identified as the designer of the second phase. On grounds of style, however, it has generally been accepted that Mackintosh designed the entire building, although his role was not publicly acknowledged until he became a partner in 1901.

Alternative addresses:
Dalhousie Street
Scott Street

Cost from office job book: Phase1 (E. part): £21,600 13s ½d; Phase 2 (furniture and alterations): £232 18s 5d; Phase 3 (W. part, including Library): £25,584 10s 2d

Cost from other sources: A circular of 1907 appealing for subscriptions to complete the building gives the cost of the E. part as £29,131, including £6000 for the site. 1 According to the School Finance Committee minutes, payments to contractors for the W. part from 10 November 1906 to 20 October 1910 amounted to £25,455 13s 6d; architects and measurer's fees for the same period were £2142 6s 0d, and the cost of 'fittings', £1030 13s 6d. 2

Status: Standing building

Current name: The Glasgow School of Art

Current use: School of Art (2014)

Listing category: A

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 33105

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 210

Grid Reference: NS 58435 65970

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.866151, lng = -4.263698   (Map)


1: Glasgow School of Art Archives: GOV 5/3/13.

2: Glasgow School of Art Archives: Finance Committee minutes, GOV 2/7, 16 November 1910.