Alteration to 3 Lilybank Terrace

M202 Alteration to 3 Lilybank Terrace

Address: 3, Lilybank Terrace, Glasgow G12 8RX
Date: 1901–2
Client: Mrs Isabella Wylie Hill
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Mackintosh designed a white-painted chimneypiece incorporating a gesso panel, and a steel fender inlaid with glass jewels and two 'apple-green leather cushions' for an existing fireplace in the home of Mrs Wylie Hill, a cousin of Jessie Newbery, embroiderer and teacher at the Glasgow School of Art, and wife of Wylie, Hill Robert. 1 Mackintosh contributed to work at Wylie Hill's business premises while apprenticed to John Hutchison. The Wylie Hills were connected to the Rowat family, other patrons of Mackintosh;Robert James Rowat for example commissioned work at his Glasgow home, 34 Kingsborough Gardens. The fireplace was removed from the Lilybank Terrace at an unknown date; the fender, the only known surviving component, is in the collection of the Glasgow School of Art.

Authorship: Two Mackintosh drawings are known for the fireplace: one includes the fender; the other is a sketch of Margaret Macdonald's gesso panel Heart of the Rose 2 A steel fender matching the drawing was presented to the Glasgow School of Art in 1952. 3 Most of the job book entry is in his hand.
Mackintosh carried out several comparable interior projects for members of the Rowat family: for Isabella's mother at Warriston, Paisley; for her brother, Robert Rowat, and his wife Jenny, at 14 Kingsborough Gardens; and at Prospect Hill House, Paisley for her cousin Edith.

Cost from office job book: £38 11s 6d

Status: Standing building; interior redeveloped

Current use: Residential (2014)

Listing category: B: Listed as '1–4 (inclusive nos) Lilybank Terrace, Laurel Park School'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 32887

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 4806 (1–3 Lilybank Terrace)

Grid Reference: NS 56828 66990

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.874733, lng = -4.289942   (Map)


1: Information on the Rowat family supplied by Mark Stephens, a descendant, by email, 10 October 2012.

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41778 (M202-001); Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, Moffat, Dumfriesshire: Cameron & Hollis, 4th edn, 2009, p. 30; Museum of Modern Art, New York: 1277.2009 (M202-002).

3: Gesso panel presented by Mrs W. D. Lang and Mrs P. Burrell. Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh 1864–1933, exhib. cat. Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 26 November 1984 – 7 January 1984, no. 43.