The Restoration of 78 Derngate by
Charles Rennie Mackintosh c.1916-21

Rob Kendall

6th May 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

Conference Suite, Main Hall at St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

78 Derngate is a small terraced house that was acquired in 1915 by local model-maker W.J. Bassett-Lowke in anticipation of his marriage to Jane Jones of the Crockett & Jones shoe family. He initially employed Alex Alexander Anderson then Charles Rennie Mackintosh as the project architects for the re-modelling of the house. It is the only house in England that Mackintosh had a realised commission on and recognised as the embryonic beginnings of the art-deco style. The story of the house though is as much about Bassett-Lowke as it is about Mackintosh and the presentation will show this.

Rob Kendall is a trustee of 78 Derngate and also Chair of the Friends of 78 Derngate and has been involved with the project since its inception in 1978 and was first made aware of the importance of the building in 1960 while a young man by Tom Osborne Robinson, a champion of Northampton's architecture and a protégé of Bassett-Lowke in his early years as scenic designer of Northampton Repertory Theatre.

This lecture followed the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

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