Scotland Street School

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

1904

Category A Listed

The twin, semi-circular stair towers, with their conical roofs, are the most dramatic feature of this otherwise relatively plain facade. Both main elevations feature superb stone carving. Inside, the stairwells sit at either end of the school hall, which was also used as a gymnasium. Behind the hall runs a corridor and behind that, six classrooms, each identical. Virtually the same plan continues for the first and second floors. Mackintosh’s budget for this school was very tight but the glazed stair towers, perhaps recalling traditional Scottish tower houses or alluding to innovative contemporary German design, mark Scotland Street as very different from standard schools of the time.