Talk & Recption to Celebrate 150th Birthday of Charles Renie MacKintosh

On June 7, 2018, The American-Scottish Foundation, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York and The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA , hosted a talk and reception celebrating the 150th birthday of Charles Renie MacKintosh. Here is a video of that presentation:

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The American-Scottish Foundation

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
of the City of New York

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA


Talk & Reception to Celebrate the 150th Birthday of Charles Rennie MacKintosh

Thursday, June 7, 2018

hosted at
The General Society Library
6:30 - 8:30 PM
20 West 44th Street, New York NY 10036

"Influence of MacKintosh on New York " - Scots who Built New York  by John Kinnear, Architect, Historian & Director, American-Scottish Foundation

Celebrating Mackintosh
“Abstract Beauty: The power of Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Hill House” presented by Kirstin Bridier, Exec. Director, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation 

Registration for this event is closed

Background Notes:

Charles Rennie MackintoshCharles Rennie Mackintosh was a revolutionary Scottish architect and designer who not only changed the face of Glasgow with his eclectic, original style—he also contributed to the emergence of modern architecture worldwide.


John Kinnear, Principal of John Kinnear Architects and President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group, has an architectural practice based in Manhattan, which undertakes projects throughout the United States.

The firm is noted for its historical preservation as well as new structures incorporating traditional design styles.

Recent projects include the restoration of the Ruth Mansion in Delaware, 26 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square for which he was the Project Architect.

Kirstin Bridier is executive director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. She previously served as the curator of education for the Nantucket Historical Association during the renovation and reinterpretation of their flagship Whaling Museum and led corporate and foundation giving for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kirstin attended Smith College and holds an M.Sc. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hill House Interior
Hill House is a remarkably complete example of Mackintosh’s unique vision, with integrated architecture, interiors, and decorative arts reveal a striking mix of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Scottish Baronial, and Japanese influences. More than a century of harsh weather conditions threaten the property’s survival, and the National Trust for Scotland has developed a radical conservation approach: erecting a temporary mesh armor that will provide vital protection from the elements as Hill House is restored to its original glory, all in full view of the public.


Sponsors of talk and receptioin to celebrate Charles Rennie Mackintosh
The American-Scottish Foundation looks to establish links and strengthen ties between Scotland and the United States, through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, and business activities.

  The mission remains as relevant today as when ASF was founded in 1956 by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton - to champion the extraordinary relationship between the peoples of Scotland and the United States - a bridge between the two great countries - seeking to strengthen & support the future of the Scottish American diaspora, and its legacy.

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the City. Today, this 233-year old organization continues to serve and improve the quality of life of the people of the City of New York through its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs including its tuition-free Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library and its nearly two-century old Lecture Series.

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA (NTSUSA) is a community of like-minded Americans committed to protecting the rich cultural heritage and unspoiled natural beauty of Scotland. Since 2000, the Foundation has provided more than $8.5 million in funding to preserve the irreplaceable treasures under the Trust’s care for the benefit of future generations.

National Trust for Scotland was founded in 1931 to harness the energies of the people of Scotland in helping to conserve the country’s heritage. On behalf of the nation, the Trust now owns and manages properties on 200,000 acres, including everything from islands and coastlines, woodlands and wildlife, mountains, battlefields, cottages, castles, and country houses.