Alteration to 3 Lilybank Terrace

M202 Alteration to 3 Lilybank Terrace

Address: 3, Lilybank Terrace, Glasgow G12 8RX
Date: 1901–2
Client: Mrs Isabella Wylie Hill
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Mackintosh designed a white-painted chimneypiece incorporating a gesso panel, and a steel fender inlaid with glass jewels and two 'apple-green leather cushions' for an existing fireplace in the home of Mrs Wylie Hill, a cousin of Jessie Newbery, embroiderer and teacher at the Glasgow School of Art, and wife of Wylie, Hill Robert. 1 Mackintosh contributed to work at R. Wylie Hill's business premises while apprenticed to John Hutchison. The Wylie Hills were connected to the Rowat family, other patrons of Mackintosh, for example, for Robert James Rowat at 34 Kingsborough Gardens for Robert James Rowat. The fireplace was removed from the house at an unknown date; the fender, the only known surviving component, is in the collection of the Glasgow School of Art.

Authorship: Two Mackintosh drawings are known for the fireplace: one includes the fender; the other is a sketch of Margaret Macdonald's gesso panel Heart of the Rose 2 A steel fender matching the drawing was presented to the Glasgow School of Art in 1952. 3 Most of the job book entry is in his hand.
Mackintosh carried out several comparable interior projects for members of the Rowat family: for Isabella's mother at Warriston, Paisley; for her brother, Robert Rowat, and his wife Jenny, at 14 Kingsborough Gardens; and at Prospect Hill House, Paisley for her cousin Edith.

Cost from office job book: £38 11s 6d

Status: Standing building; interior redeveloped

Current use: Residential (2014)

Listing category: B: Listed as '1–4 (inclusive nos) Lilybank Terrace, Laurel Park School'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 32887

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 4806 (1–3 Lilybank Terrace)

Grid Reference: NS 56828 66990

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.874733, lng = -4.289942   (Map)


1: Information on the Rowat family supplied by Mark Stephens, a descendant, by email, 10 October 2012.

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41778 (M202-001); Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, Moffat, Dumfriesshire: Cameron & Hollis, 4th edn, 2009, p. 30; Museum of Modern Art, New York: 1277.2009 (M202-002).

3: Gesso panel presented by Mrs W. D. Lang and Mrs P. Burrell. Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 1864–1933, exhib. cat. Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 26 November 1984 – 7 January 1984, no. 43.