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The Guardian: Restoration of Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Press Association, forwarded by Margie Zeidler | July 19, 2018

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£1.5m 'urgent' appeal to protect Charles Rennie Mackintosh house

From Issue No. 270 | July 20, 2018

Master Bedroom, Hill House

National Trust Scotland plans transparent cage for windswept architectural masterpiece

The Hill House in Helensburgh

 The Hill House in Helensburgh: Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s choice of Portland cement render has led to problems. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

An urgent fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £1.5m to build a protective box around a crumbling architectural masterpiece.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) plans to build a huge transparent cage around the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Hill House, whose sandstone structure is dissolving.

The property was built as a “home for the future” by Mackintosh between 1902 and 1904 but his choice of the new material Portland cement for the render led to problems as it has allowed water to soak in from the day it was first applied.

The trust has already secured £3m towards the construction of the box but needs another £1.5m by the end of spring 2018 to reach the overall target.

Richard Williams, general manager for Glasgow and West at the NTS, said: “This is one of the most urgent and important appeals in our history. We have very limited time to get the box in place around the Hill House and start the process of drying the building out.

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