Mackintosh was commissioned to build Windyhill in 1900. He was just 32 at the time. The house was completed and occupied by 1901. William Davidson, who commissioned Mackintosh, was a wealthy provisions merchant, who would become a lifelong patron and friend. Mackintosh appears in Davidson family photos and executed several other commissions for the family, including designing the headstone for Davidson’s father-in-law’s tomb. Later in his career, when Mackintosh was struggling financially, Davidson helped support his friend by buying his watercolours.
David Cairns is an ardent devotee of Mackintosh and has spent years restoring the property to its former glory. He bought the house in poor condition, but has painstakingly tried to reproduce the features most characteristic of Mackintosh’s work, using craftsmen approved by the Glasgow School of Art. Replacing the light-fittings in the hall alone cost Cairns £70,000.
We look forward to hearing first hand David’s experiences of undertaking such large scale restorations and about what life really is like living in ‘a work of art.’ This is set to be a very special, exclusive and memorable day out for members of the Club.
Members are asked to make their own way to the house: Windyhill, Rowantreehill Road, Kilmacolm, PA13 4PE (click for map)
In 2014, the New York Times published an great article on Windyhill, which can be read online here.
This is a fundraising event – all proceeds go towards Club funds.
Advance booking is always essential
To book your place please call 0141 248 5210.
Bookings & cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the event, unless otherwise stated. Late cancellations will be subject to charge.