The Hill House in Helensburgh was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1902 and 1904. The house was built for the publisher Walter Blackie, who granted Mackintosh the freedom to create a complete design package including the interior decoration and furniture.

Sunny view of Hill House, Helensburgh

Sunny view of Hill House, Helensburgh


Approaches to western entrance of Hill House, Helensburgh

Approaches to western entrance of Hill House, Helensburgh


Drawing of entrance to Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Drawing of side entrance to Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Model of Hill House, Helensburgh, on display at the Lighthouse, 2015

Model of Hill House, Helensburgh, on display at the Lighthouse, 2015


At this stage of his career Mackintosh had a preference for repetitive square motifs which feature both inside and outside the Hill House. The interior decoration had an abundance of square patterns on walls, carpets and furniture, with Mackintosh's familiar rose stencils updated to include lots of little squares.

Rose and square motifs at Hill House, Helensburgh

Rose and square motifs at Hill House, Helensburgh


The outside of the house also features numerous squares as demonstrated in the little outhouse below.

>Outhouse at  Hill House, Helensburgh

Outhouse at Hill House, Helensburgh


Abstract decoration featuring repetitive squares at Hill House, Helensburgh

Abstract decoration featuring repetitive squares at Hill House, Helensburgh


Stair tower at Hill House, Helensburgh

Stair tower at Hill House, Helensburgh


Inside the stair tower at Hill House, Helensburgh

Inside the stair tower at Hill House, Helensburgh


Shadows on the Hill House, Helensburgh

Shadows on the Hill House, Helensburgh


Writing desk at Hill House, Helensburgh

Writing desk at Hill House, Helensburgh


Chair with square motifs at Hill House, Helensburgh

Design of chair with square motifs to be found at Hill House, Helensburgh


Main entrance gates to Hill House, Helensburgh

Main entrance gates to Hill House, Helensburgh


Entrance to drawing room at Hill House, Helensburgh

Entrance to drawing room at Hill House, Helensburgh


Upper landing at Hill House, Helensburgh

Upper landing at Hill House, Helensburgh


Bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh

Bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh


Decorative shutters at window of bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh

Decorative shutters at window of bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh


External view of window in bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh

External view of window in bedroom at Hill House, Helensburgh


Ironwork at Hill House, Helensburgh

Ironwork at Hill House, Helensburgh


Detail on ironwork at Hill House, Helensburgh

Detail on ironwork at Hill House, Helensburgh


Aerial view of Hill House, Helensburgh

Aerial view of Hill House, Helensburgh



  Rennie Mackintosh - Architect

  Lighthouse

  Scotland Street School

  House for an Art Lover

  Martyrs School

  Hill House, Helensburgh

  Obituary to CRM -1928

Small portrait of Charles Rennie Mackintosh by Gerald Blaikie

  Rennie Mackintosh - Designer

  Queen's Cross Church

  Glasgow School of Art

  Willow Tea Rooms

  Daily Record Building

  Ruchill Church Hall

  Gaudi and Mackintosh

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