The Mackintosh Church at Queen's Cross

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Category A Listed

Built at the same time as the first phase of Glasgow School of Art, this church displays many of the same antecedents. Mackintosh managed to fuse elements of historic architecture with a contemporary European approach to create uncluttered, light-filled spaces. His work was way in advance of its time, when popular church styles were richly embellished, Gothic or Classical, with lavish decoration. Here the mood is elegant restraint. The nave is a timber barrel vault. The reinstated rood beam, a simple decorative form with elegant curves, helps draw the visitor’s eye to the gloriously day-lit chancel.