-Pearce Institute

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© David Williams


1902-6, Robert Rowand Anderson

This was donated by Lady Dinah Pearce in memory of her husband Sir William Pearce. Built in seventeenth-century Scottish Renaissance style, it provides social facilities (including the Macleod Hall) for local people.

The two gables on the front are quite different in character; the western one is very Renaissance with lots of ornamentation (including a sailing ship at roof level), the eastern one is in the restrained Scots Baronial style. On the wall inside the entrance are the words This is a house of friendship. This is a house of service. For families. For lonely folk. For the people of Govan. For the strangers of the world. Welcome.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

This handsome gable is topped by a sailing ship, emphasising the importance of shipbuilding and shipping to the Govan economy.

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