78 Derngate, Northampton NN1 1UH
78 Derngate is located in the cultural quarter of Northampton town. The building was originally built in 1815 but was remodelled in 1916 by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh specifically for Wenman Bassett-Lowke who was a businessman moving into his marital home.
78 Derngate was the first large commission that Charles Rennie Mackintosh was requested to complete, and the house is now the only place where you can visit his work in its original setting.
This house is the only house in England that was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh therefore remains an iconic attraction today, welcoming tourists and locals all year round.
The interior boasts avant-garde designs and showcases the interesting and modern techniques Charles Rennie Mackintosh incorporated in his work at the time.
The house has been restored over the years and is now open to the public, with a gallery, shop and café attached to the side. There are also rooms and workspace that can be hired for business meetings and corporate events.
There are a range of activities within the house which are great resources for schools and educational purposes, including resources and information for older students and academics.
2017 marked the 100th year anniversary of the marriage of Wenman Bassett-Lowke and his wife Florence Jane Jones and a celebration was held at 78 Derngate to commemorate this historical event.
There is huge interest in this property across the world, and the BBC have even made a documentary following the journey of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and what inspired his modern design ideas marking the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth.
When visiting the property, the visitors centre offers free admission, however entry to the house is ticketed. There are regular guided tours of the property run by experienced volunteer guides who will be able to answer any questions you may have about 78 Derngate and the architect himself.