Second Major Fire Consumes Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building

(Glasgow Police/ public domain)

A blaze that broke out on June 15 at Glasgow School of Art has left its historic heart devastated for a second time since a fire in 2014.

Considered Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building was undergoing a massive £35m restoration, including the reconstruction of the previously burned library. The recent fire is said to have been much worse, damaging both wings of the building.

According to The Art Newspaper, Glasgow School of Art digitized "every nook and cranny" of the building after the last fire. Whether Rennie Mackintosh's art nouveau creation can be rebuilt is still unknown, and under debate, with an estimated cost of £100m.

A council spokesman told the Guardian: “Right now, people are operating on the understanding it will be saveable.”

Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Governors, GSA, said as much in a statement: "We remain hopeful of as positive an outcome as possible because it is clear that the love for the Mackintosh and recognition of its importance to Glasgow and the wider world is shared by absolutely everyone”. 

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