Windyhill, Kilmacolm

M189 Windyhill, Kilmacolm

Address: Rowantreehill Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4PE
Date: 1900–1
Client: William Davidson
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of Windyhill, view over the wall

Mackintosh designed a large detached house on a hillside site overlooking Gryffe valley and the Duchal Moor in the affluent small commuter town of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire. It was built for Glasgow produce broker and commission merchant William Davidson, who became one of Mackintosh's life-long patrons and supporters. The house marks the emergence of Mackintosh's use of roughcast, while its design served as a model for two other important projects, The Hill House at Helensburgh and the House for an Art Lover competition design.

Authorship: There is extensive documentation of Mackintosh's involvement: drawings in his hand; documents in Mackintosh's and William Davidson's hand charting the progress of the house; and an illustrated article published in 1902, written by Hermann Muthesius, which identified Mackintosh as architect.

Cost from office job book: £98 2s 9½d for later furnishings and fittings

Cost from other sources: £3109 12s 8d (including building work, original furnishings and fittings, measurers' fees and Mackintosh's fee and travel expenses) 1

Status: Standing building

Current name: Windyhill

Current use: Residential (2014)

Listing category: A: Listed as ' "Windyhill", Rowantreehill Road, Kilmacolm'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 12450

RCAHMS Site Number: NS36NE 101

Grid Reference: NS 36222 69431

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.890143, lng = -4.62032   (Map)


1: 'Statement of accounts connected with Windyhill, Kilmacolm', 17 November 1902. The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 52391.