Projects: Hill House, Helensburgh

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House near Glasgow was just three years away from being destroyed by catastrophic water ingress

How do we define conservation? Is it solely the physical act of repairing old buildings? Is it the philosophical debate about the authenticity of said repair? Is it the environmental task of protecting buildings from the elements while they are being prepared? Perhaps it is the economic challenge of how old buildings can be funded when repairs close off vital revenue streams by preventing the public from visiting? Or is it the accessibility issue of whether or not old buildings should be closed to the public to enable the repairs to take place?

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