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Helensburgh, Upper Colquhoun Street, The Hill House

Boundary Wall(S) (20th Century), Gate(S) (20th Century), House (20th Century)

Site Name Helensburgh, Upper Colquhoun Street, The Hill House

Classification Boundary Wall(S) (20th Century), Gate(S) (20th Century), House (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hill House

Canmore ID 42505

Site Number NS38SW 17

NGR NS 30055 83817

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Rhu
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Dumbarton
  • Former County Dunbartonshire

Archaeology Notes

NS38SW 17.00 30035 83817

NS38SW 17.01 Outbuildings, Garage

NS38SW 17.02 Outbuildings, Gardener's Cottage and Stable

Architecture Notes


Architect: Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1902, (Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh)


Photographic Survey (1959)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1959.

Publication Account (1985)

The appropriately named Hill House stands above Helensburgh and commands extensive views to the south over the Firth of Clyde. It was Charles Rennie Mackintosh's major domestic commission, and the house along with most of its original furniture and fittings are now in the care of the National Trust forScotland.

The house was built between 1902-4 for W W Blackie, the Glasgow publisher, and it was designed as a family home, but one in which WaIter Blackie could also have privacy to entertain clients without disrupting the rest of the household.

From the exterior the house seems austere, even severe, with its plain harling and lack of ornament, but its interest is derived from the combination of traditional Scottish features with details that are clearly modem. Like Brodick Castle (no. 23), the interior is in complete contrast, containing a wealth of decorative detail with the majority of the furniture and fittings also designed by Mackintosh. Each of the rooms is carefully composed, using simple overall designs to contrast with geometric patterns and highlighted by small splashes of colour.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: The Clyde Estuary and Central Region’, (1985).


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