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First look inside devastated Glasgow School of Art

May 25 2014

First look inside devastated Glasgow School of Art
Images depicting the destruction wrought by a fire which tore through the Glasgow School of Art have illustrated the scale of damage suffered by its priceless interiors, principally the library. The ornate wooden interior of the room has been reduced to charcoal by the blaze with extensive damage visible throughout the west wing. Only the rapid response of emergency services stalled the conflagration from enveloping the entire building, destroying much more of value. A GSA spokeswoman said: "Mackintosh was an amazing designer but he used ordinary materials. Those materials are still available today and we have the plans for the library and photographs, so we can rebuild it. It won’t be tomorrow but we will make it happen."


#1 Posted by Jamie on 25 May 2014 at 21:34 PM
Another sad page in the story of Mackintosh's book, guy cant even catch a break over 80 years on.
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 26 May 2014 at 10:08 AM
Given the reports the fire started in the basement I think this has had a very lucky escape! There have been offers of financial assistance from the Scottish and Westminster Governments, which is all very nice. However, serious question, is the building not insured?
#3 Posted by CADMonkey on 28 May 2014 at 16:32 PM
So why the fundraising?

"The school and its contents were insured and covered for fire and peril."

#4 Posted by Cadmonkey on 28 May 2014 at 19:13 PM
There is no such thing as luck here. The building was partially destroyed due to the lack of adeqate fire protection for a building of such global importance. It is a dereliction of duty for vast sums to have been spent on the new art school across the road whilst the masterpiece remained unprotected. The estates people charged with looking after this building should hang their heads in shame.

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