6 Florentine Terrace/ Project Mackintosh

Scope and Content

Copies of original drawings, dated 1906, of 6 Florentine Terrace by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's office at 140 Bath Street. Copies of survey drawings by F Fieldon, architect, Royal College of Science and Technology, dated 1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

6 Florentine Terrace was the home of the Mackintoshes from 1906 to 1914, with Mackintosh immediately redecorating, furnishing and modififying the property. Externally, the front door was replaced and an insertion of a horizontal strip of windows in the south wall to provide additional light and view to the tower of the University. The house was let from 1914 then sold complete with its furnishings to Mackintosh's patron at Windyhill, William Davidson, in 1920. In 1946, the University puchashed what was now known as 78 Southpark Avenue, from William's sons, Hamish and Cameron Davidson, who had previously donated its contents. By 1962, the house was deemed to be under threat from subsidence and plans for demolition were made. William Whitfield, the architect of the new Hunterian Art Gallery proposed incorporating the Mackintosh elements from the house into the new gallery.