London-based firm Carmody Groarke and the National Trust for Scotland have announced plans for a major project to conserve one of Scotland’s most important buildings: the Hill House in Helensburgh, designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Hill House was designed and built between 1902 and 1904 as a residence for publisher Walter Blackie. Billed by Mackintosh as a “home for the future,” the design represented a rift from the Victorian and Edwardian styles that were popular at the time, favoring a simpler exterior made from Portland cement. The result was a smooth, flat facade that could be viewed as a precursor to Modernism. However, over the past 100 years, the groundbreaking facade has suffered from extensive moisture damage aggravated by it location near the coast, threatening the survival of the structure. This threat has prompted the National Trust for Scotland to plan efforts that will preserve the building for generations to come.
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