Between 1916 and 1917, the house at 78 Derngate was dramatically remodelled by the great Glasgow designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Commissioned by the thoroughly modern Bassett-Lowke, 78 Derngate was Mackintosh’s last major commission and the only house he designed in England. Featuring his extraordinarily modern and striking interiors, Mackintosh transformed 78 into a house of unique charm and international importance.
The Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was one of the most individual and creative designers of the 20th Century. Famous for his earlier works including the Glasgow School of Art, The Hill House and Glasgow tea room interiors, Mackintosh is recognised as an architect of huge significance.
Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke was the founder of a prosperous model-making and miniature railway business. The museum within The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House features examples of many Bassett-Lowke train and ship models, along with family memorabilia.