Originally opened in 1903, the original Willow Tearooms building at 215-217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, has undergone extensive restoration in recent years, returning it to its former grandeur as the last surviving example the Tea Room designs of celebrated Glasgow artist, architect and interior designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and one of his greatest achievements.
Since being saved from closure four years ago, Mackintosh at the Willow has operated as a not-for-profit social enterprise, creating training, learning, employment and other opportunities and support for young people, working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, providing employment and education activities – a real positive force in the city; in addition to the historic tearooms themselves, offering meeting and events spaces, a creative learning and education department, an exciting exhibition space and shop.
Heavily impacted by the Coronavirus lockdown, the landmark space – undoubtedly an inextricable part of the nation’s heritage – is once again facing permanent closure and falling into disrepair. The entreprise is asking for the public’s help to raise enough money to help save this unique heritage building, and the beneficial work it supports, from being tragically lost, two years after Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art building was devastated by fire. Please go to Mackintosh at the Willow’s CrowdFunder page.
Image: Interior, Mackintosh at the Willow