78 Derngate is a Grade II* listed Georgian house in the Cultural Quarter of Northampton, England, originally built in 1815. Its interior was extensively remodelled in 1916 and 1917 by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for businessman Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke as his first marital home. Mackintosh's designs for the house are considered to be one of the first examples of the Art Deco style to be seen in Britain.
The rear elevation also features an extension with two elevated balconies which, in 1916, 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. Recent research suggests that Bassett-Lowke and 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.
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DigitalAmoeba | Mar 17, 2018
Good modern museum attached to original fully restored only Rennie Mackintosh designed building outside of Scotland. Was amazing to see the original house interiors and then read history in attached modern interior museum. Tea room is popular with coach parties and apparently does impressive traditional British Afternoon Tea. There is also a gift shop with a range of Rennie Mackintosh and Art Deco items including some exclusive pieces. Standard entry cost as of Spring 2018 is £7.80.
Christine Boyce | Mar 9, 2018
A jewel of a place to visit in Northampton, a town of many surprises. From the outside you wonder what all the fuss is about but go one, open the door and enter a design and architectural delight. You will receive a warm welcome and have the opportunity to book onto a guided tour which is thoroughly recommended. Learn about the Basset-Lowkes and their connection with Charles Renney-Mackintosh whose last commission was the refit of 78 Derngate. If you enjoy an English afternoon tea on fabulous bone china then stop a while and enjoy and drink in the history and ambience of a quirky but classy masterpiece.
Brian Garratt | Feb 8, 2018
Very interesting visit. Should have gone before now being residents in the county. Excellent afternoon tea as well.
James Sinton | Mar 12, 2018
Excellent food in a great setting.
P Hunt | Feb 12, 2018
Great place to visit if you are interested in architecture and design
Kim Shepherd | Mar 29, 2018
Save the journey to Scotland and see a Macintosh finished house. Very 20's style but done in 1916. Very good exhibition about the owner as well.
Manos Georgiadis | May 7, 2018
If you are a fan of Macintosh you will recognise the genius man in the house decoration/styling . The entry price could be some less.
Daphne Richardson | Mar 27, 2018
Fabulous experience. My brother in law from Sydney loved it. A very knowledgeable guide.
Steve Howell | May 24, 2018
Very interesting house to visit and nice cafe. You can get very good guided tour.
SJ URWIN | May 27, 2018
A brilliant permanent exhibition of Charles Rennie Mackintosh..Do the guided tour and have tea and cakes afterwards..
Jeff Willis | Jun 25, 2018
The only surviving Rennie Macintosh design in England, if you like design - especially the period - well worth a visit. Also houses a fair collection of model trains and ships from the 20s and 30s.
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