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Glasgow School of Art's famous building badly damaged by fire

Hopes grow that much of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Arts and Crafts masterpiece has been saved

The school's library could have been lost

Initial fears that Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building would be gutted by the fire that engulfed his Arts and Crafts masterpiece have given way to hope that much of the structure has been saved.

Fire broke out in the basement of the art school around noon on Friday, 23 May, and quickly spread. Seventeen fire crews fought the blaze yesterday while staff and students who had escaped the burning building watched from the street, with many in tears.

Muriel Gray, the chairman of the school's board of governors, called the fire devastating and praised the fire services for rescuing much of the building and its contents. A spokesman for the fire service said that "90 per cent of the building is viable," however, there are fears that the elegant library Mackintosh designed may have been among the spaces destroyed.

Scotland's influential Arts and Crafts architect and designer was 28 years old when he began designing the extension to the art school, which opened in 1909 and is now one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Among the graduates of the Glasgow School of Art are the contemporary artists Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling and Richard Wright.

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9 Jun 14
15:26 CET


my friend Margaret Mallarkey and I went to evening classes at the Glasgow school of art in the mid fiftys.we loved the place to bits.the atmosphere and friendly students were our highlight of the week.I still have my drawing of a horses head from 1955/56.i really do hope they can salvage some of the building and it's wonderful treasures. thank you Charles Rennie Macintosh for this Iconic masterpiece. Margaret mc Donald allen

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