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The Mackintosh Halls

The Mackintosh Halls are a church-led community hub, located at 15-17 Shakespeare Street and there’s a lot going on – scroll to find out what you can get involved in, more information about hiring and some of the buildings’ history.

Gaffe Caff
Fridays 10am-1pm
Main Hall
Come in for a cuppa, a chat and a bite to eat – all free, all welcome.

Stay & Play
Fridays 10am-12pm
A chance for parents and carers to meet together and for children to play. Snack Time is also a popoular part of the morning!

Friday Focus
Fortnightly on Fridays 1.30-3pm
A group for seniors offering tea, chat and activities.

Looking for a space to hire?

The Mackintosh Halls has several spaces available for hire: the Sanctuary, the Main Hall and the Club Room. Please note our halls are not available for parties. If you’re interested in hiring please get in touch.

The Sanctuary is our largest space and can seat up to 200 people. It has an audio-visual system in place, which is available to use with the hire, as well as WiFi. There is small meeting area and kitchen attached – which can be closed off by glass folding doors. Use of the kitchen space is included in the hire. It’s wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet with babychange facilities.

The Main Hall can hold up to 60 people, surrounded by beautiful Charles Rennie Mackintosh panelling and features. The space is top-lit, making it bright, and is suitable for a variety of uses. A wheelchair ramp is available as there are two steps into the building. However there is only one toilet, which is not wheelchair accessible. There is access to the kitchen with this hire. There is no WiFi.

The Club Room is a small meeting room which can hold up to 20 people – ideal for smaller gatherings. There is access to the kitchen with this hire. A wheelchair ramp is available as there are two steps into the building. However there is only one toilet, which is not wheelchair accessible. There is no WiFi.

Hidden Gem

Did you know that there’s a Charles Rennie Mackintosh building right in the heart of Maryhill? The Mackintosh Halls consists of three separate buildings: the Sanctuary, the halls (where you’ll find the Main Hall and Club Room) and the Janitor’s House. The halls and Janitor’s House are an A Listed jewel, designed by Glasgow’s own Charles Rennie Mackintosh – making them of international importance. Originally a church plant, the buildings were commissioned by Westbourne Free Church to serve the spiritual needs of the newly expanding Ruchill community. Consisting of a top-lit main hall, reading room, club room and kitchen, the lower floor is easily accessible. The first floor is reached by a spiral staircase and contains a smaller top-lit hall with partitions and a smaller meeting room. There are still many original features to admire. The Janitor’s House is a “two up, two down” caretaker’s cottage which is accessed through the courtyard. The house retains three original fireplaces and a carved balustrade, along with high skirtings and a conical roofed stairtower. You can view Mackintosh’s drawings on Glasgow University’s website.

Next door, the Sanctuary was designed by Neil Campbell Duff and built between 1903 and 1905. Gothic in style, the red Locharbriggs sandstone is a stark contrast to the blonde stone of the adjoining halls. It’s a B Listed building, rendering it of architectural and historic interest. Extensively modernised inside, it still retains the original chancel panelling and pulpit. It has delicate Art Nouveau stained glass windows, which allow natural light to flood in.