- 78 Derngate
78 Derngate is a Grade II* listed Georgian house in the
Derngatearea of Northampton, England, originally built in the 1820's. It's noted for its interior, which was extensively remodelled in 1916and 1917by noted architect Charles Rennie Mackintoshfor businessman Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke.
The rear elevation also features a striking extension with two elevated balconies which, in
1917, overlooked meadowland to the edge of Northampton. The design origins of this extension have been the subject of some scholarly debate and a myth of Mackintosh as a Modernist pioneer in his late career has persisted [Kaplan, Wendy(ed.). "Charles Rennie Mackintosh," Abbeville Press, 1996. ISBN 0-7892-0080-5. page 211.] . However, recent research [http://78derngate.org.uk/hist6.html 78derngate.org.uk – History of the house compiled by Sylvia Pinches, former curator of 78 Derngate.] ] suggests that Bassett-Lowkeand Alexander Ellis Anderson(a Northampton based architect who supervised the remodelling) may also have had a hand in the design of this structure as well as Mackintosh.
1964and 1993the building was used by Northampton High School for Girls, initially as offices but later as classrooms. In 2002work started to restore the house to Mackintosh's original design. After eighteen months of restoration, the house was opened to the public in late 2003. Small group guided tours or self guided visits are available and provide an insight into this stunning and rare example of a Mackintosh-designed house in England. A supporting museum adjoins 78 Derngate and is housed in number 80. In May 2007a new visitors centre at 82 Derngatewas opened to provide further facilities and exhibitions for visitors.
* [http://www.78derngate.org.uk/ 78 Derngate website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/northamptonshire/asop/northampton/78_derngate_feature.shtml BBCi: 78 Derngate]
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