‘The building as it was is gone for good’ – remembering the Glasgow School of Art

When I wrote an article for this magazine recently on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his birth, I had no idea that my description of the Glasgow School of Art would suddenly come to read as an obituary. As I write this, two days after a huge fire swept through the – thankfully unoccupied – building, a mere four years since a previous fire at the 2014 degree show, there is no indication if anything of the building can be salvaged: it is clear that the entire interior is lost, and the walls now perch precariously without restraint, and may well need to be pulled down.

18th June 2018