The House that Mackintosh Built

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Arts Documentary hosted by Eric Knowles and published by Discovery Channel in 2004 - English narration

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Today, the architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh is considered one of the leading figures of early 20th Century Modernism.

But for all of his international influence and renown, Mackintosh only ever completed one architectural commission outside of Scotland during his lifetime--a residential renovation at 78 Derngate in Northhampton, England. This was also the last commission Mackintosh completed before he moved to the south of France, where he lived most of the remaining years of his life.

78 Derngate is a Georgian house in Northhampton, England, originally built in the 1820s. In 1916, the house's new owner--toy manufacturer Wenman Joseph Bassett-Locke--commissioned Mackintosh to renovate the rather pokey and old-fashioned interiors into a modern and convenient home. The work was conducted from 1916-1917 and the resultant interiors are considered by architectural historians to be one of the most important works of this period.

Over the subsequent years, through a multitude of owners, the house gradually deteriorated and fell into disrepair. By 1964, the house was owned by the Northhampton High School for Girls, who subdivided it into offices and classrooms. By the mid-1990s, concerns were raised about the condition of the house and various organizations began to collaborate to try and save it.

After funding was obtained, work was started in 2002 to restore 78 Derngate to Mackintosh's original designs. The adjacent house--80 Derngate--was obtained to act as a supporting museum. After nearly two years of painstaking research, conservation and restoration, the house and museum were opened to the public in late 2003.

This program provides a unique opportunity to follow the process of one of the most exciting and ambitious historical restoration projects in the country, with an estimated cost of nearly £1.5 million. Presented by antique specialist and historian Eric Knowles, a Mackintosh acolyte and well-known appraiser on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Content Note
"The House That Mackintosh Built" was originally a 15 episode x 30 minute (~ 22 minutes with adverts) series broadcast on Discovery Home and Leisure in the UK in 2003. The commercial DVD release (this torrent) has been edited down into a single 93-minute program in sort of a "program highlights" format. It doesn't hurt it any--the original series was very repetitive--but it seemed worth mentioning that this isn't the 15-part series, for clarity's sake.

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Source: DVD
File Size: 899.6 MB
Duration: 93:23 minutes
Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 1206 kb/s
Video Resolution: 640 x 480 px
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 25 fps
Audio Codec: MP3
Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s (48 kHz); joint stereo
Audio Language: English
Subtitles: NO
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There are five short DVD extras combined into one file (runtime = 22:30):

  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Hill House Hellensburgh
  • 21st Century Mackintosh
  • World Record Price
  • Outtakes

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