Queen’s Cross Church or The Mackintosh Church – Charles Mackintosh

The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross

The Mackintosh Church was the only church to be designed and completed by the famous architect Charles Mackintosh. This was actually one of his earlier works as well, as he designed this as a trainee under the watchful eye of his mentor John Honeyman. He had his hand full from the start though since this church was set to break ground in somewhat of a tight squeeze at the end of two streets. since he didn’t have a lot of room to work with he made the church very clean cut and squatty and excluded the spire that could be found in most churches. The Church has since been decommissioned. They actually have revamped some of the interior, but not too much as to take away from the original interior planning, but the church is now a tourist attraction and home to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. It’s interesting to me seeing all of Mackintosh’s other works and reading up on how he liked to incorporate his art and design into the architecture as much as possible and bring together two opposing ideas to find the happy middle ground. The Mackintosh Church has also been called a mix of Modern and Gothic, two very opposing ideals that work really well for this piece of architecture. It seems like Mackintosh tried to keep some of the standards for churches back in the early 1900’s, like the pointed exterior gables. He also had the highest point of the interior facing the front of the church with a big stained glass window drawing the eyes of the visitors and members forward and up, very similar to the video we watched on the design of La Sagrada Familia.

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