Selasa, 22 Maret 2011

Eric Knowles - The House that Mackintosh Built (2004)

Today, the architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh is considered one of the leading figures of early 20th Century Modernism

But for all of his international influence and renown, Mackintosh only ever completed one architectural commission outside of Scotland during his lifetime--a residential renovation at 78 Derngate in Northhampton, England. This was also the last commission Mackintosh completed before he moved to the south of France, where he lived most of the remaining years of his life.

78 Derngate is a Georgian house in Northhampton, England, originally built in the 1820s. In 1916, the house's new owner--toy manufacturer Wenman Joseph Bassett-Locke--commissioned Mackintosh to renovate the rather pokey and old-fashioned interiors into a modern and convenient home. The work was conducted from 1916-1917 and the resultant interiors are considered by architectural historians to be one of the most important works of this period.

Over the subsequent years, through a multitude of owners, the house gradually deteriorated and fell into disrepair. By 1964, the house was owned by the Northhampton High School for Girls, who subdivided it into offices and classrooms. By the mid-1990s, concerns were raised about the condition of the house and various organizations began to collaborate to try and save it.

After funding was obtained, work was started in 2002 to restore 78 Derngate to Mackintosh's original designs. The adjacent house--80 Derngate--was obtained to act as a supporting museum. After nearly two years of painstaking research, conservation and restoration, the house and museum were opened to the public in late 2003.

This program provides a unique opportunity to follow the process of one of the most exciting and ambitious historical restoration projects in the country, with an estimated cost of nearly 1.5 million. Presented by antique specialist and historian Eric Knowles, a Mackintosh acolyte and well-known appraiser on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. "The House That Mackintosh Built" was originally a 15 episode half hour series broadcast on Discovery Home and Leisure in the UK in 2003. The commercial DVD release has been edited into a single 93-minute program.


78 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UH

Welcome to this unique house, remodelled in 1916-17 by renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Northampton businessman Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke.

After eighteen months of careful restoration the house has been returned to its 1917 appearance. The adjoining property, number 80, has been transformed from a small Georgian terrace into a modern gallery. It houses an exhibition about the 1917 design of number 78 and about Bassett-Lowke and his business. It includes a display of many fine model ships and trains. The entrance is through number 82, which houses The Dining Room Restaurant, Gallery, shop and where one can see a short video about how the restoration was undertaken.

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