Author(s): David Stark
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was the third partner of John Honeyman and Keppie, the architectural practice now called Keppie Design which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004. Keppie's current managing director, David Stark, explores the development of the practice and its legacy of buildings across the West of Scotland and beyond, including the influential Mackintosh years. But this isn't just another dry book about buildings. It's also a tale of Victorian industrialists and their wealth and lifestyles; Kate Cranston and her famous tea rooms; and of other lesser-known architectural names such as John Keppie and Graham Henderson. From the white heat of Victorian economic activity and the resultant boom in the building of churches, charitable institutions and country villas, the story moves through more difficult years for the profession with a candour not often found in company histories. It is brought up to date with an examination of current trends and recent projects at a time when architecture is once again flourishing.