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When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?, 'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor
'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor

Following the unfortunate series of events that saw the Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) iconic Mackintosh Library devastated in a fire in May of last year, a leading Scottish architect has stated that he is "seriously against the idea of remaking the library" as a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original acclaimed design. Talking to the Scottish Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop has stated that "there is actually no way you can replace it as it was [as] there was 100 years of age and patina that you would have to replicate." Furthermore, he believes that it would not be something that "Mackintosh would do," citing the expansion of "his work in the years between each part of the Mackintosh Building being built [in 1899 and 1909]" as justification. It is his feeling that "the former library had essentially become a museum [and] not a viable working room for students and staff."