Alterations to 6 Florentine Terrace

M262 Alterations to 6 Florentine Terrace

Address: 6, Florentine Terrace, Glasgow
Date: 1906
Client: C. R. & Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1863–4
'Florentine Bank Terrace, Ann Street, Hillhead' appears in the Glasgow Post Office Directory for the first time. 1
1906
30 March: A loan of 600 from retired bricklayer and builder Hugh Baird to Mackintosh is recorded in the Register of Sasines (the legal register of transactions related to land). Mackintosh's purchase of 6 Florentine Terrace is recorded on the same date. 975 is paid for the house, according to Margaret Macdonald writing in 1919. 2
March: Date of drawings in Mackintosh's hand and those prepared by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh – signed by John Keppie – submitted to Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 3
12 April: Plans approved by Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 4
17 April: Work under way on site 'slapping out partitions'. 5
17 August: Final visit by building inspector. 6
1913
31 December: Mackintosh and Keppie's partnership dissolved. 7
1914
Summer: The Mackintoshes depart from Glasgow, initially for an extended holiday in Walberswick, Suffolk.
1919–20
February – January: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh corresponds with William and Jean Davidson concerning the sale of the house. 8
1920
August: William Davidson buys the house and many items of its furnishings for 1700. It was by this date known as 78 Ann Street. 9
1932
Ann Street renamed Southpark Avenue by this date. 10
1945
Deaths of Jean Davidson in April and William Davidson in June. 11
The Davidsons' sons, Cameron and Hamish, decide to sell the house. They gift the Mackintosh contents to the University of Glasgow in memory of Mackintosh. 12
1946
The University of Glasgow buys the house and it is subsequently occupied by senior members of University staff. 13
1962
May: Robert Cowper of the Fine Art Department, University of Glasgow, photographs the house.
1963
January: Measured drawings of the interiors are completed.
Summer: Remaining interior fittings and furnishings removed to storage before the house is demolished by the University. 14
1973
Work begins on a purpose-built home for the University of Glasgow's art collections including the reassembled interiors of the house. 15
1981
17 September: Reassembled interiors are formally opened in 'The Mackintosh House', specially constructed at the Hunterian Art Gallery. 16

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1863–4, p. 362; the name was modified shortly thereafter, appearing as 'Florentine Terrace' from 1867–8 onwards.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Register of Sasines, Glasgow, 1906, T-SA 5/1/51, p. 24, nos 720–1. The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: letter from Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh to Jean Davidson, 26 February 1919, GLAHA 52530.

3: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 41832 (M262-002); GLAHA 41833 (M262-001); Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court plans, B4/12/1/1202.

4: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/13, p. 58.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/13, p. 58.

6: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/13, p. 58.

7: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 165.

8: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: letter from Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh to Jean Davidson, 26 February 1919, GLAHA 52530; The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: letters from Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh to William Davidson, 13 March 1919, GLAHA 52531; 25 May 1919, GLAHA 52532; 17 January 1920, GLAHA 52533.

9: Pamela Robertson, The Mackintosh House, Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2011, pp. 22–3.

10: O.S., Lanarkshire NS 56 (1:2500 County Series, 3rd Revision, 1932).

11: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: History of the Mackintosh Collection, www.huntsearch.gla..ac.uk/mackintosh/history.html [accessed 12 December 2011].

12: Pamela Robertson, The Mackintosh House, Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2011, p. 23.

13: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: History of the Mackintosh Collection, www.huntsearch.gla..ac.uk/mackintosh/history.html [accessed 12 December 2011].

14: Pamela Robertson, The Mackintosh House, Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2011, p. 23.

15: Pamela Robertson, The Mackintosh House, Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2011, p. 24.

16: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 29, Spring/Summer 1981, p. 1; Pamela Robertson, The Mackintosh House, Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 2011, p. 24.