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Glasgow, 840 Govan Road, Pearce Institute

Institute (20th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, 840 Govan Road, Pearce Institute

Classification Institute (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Sir William Pearce Memorial Institute; Pearce Street; The Iona Community

Canmore ID 164475

Site Number NS56NE 1442

NGR NS 55362 65794

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Govan (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Architecture Notes


Architect: Sir Robert Rowand Anderson 1903-5.


I G Lindsay Collection - W/272.


Publication Account (2009)

The Institute (1906) was designed by R Rowand Anderson, who had recently redesigned the parish church (fig 5.57; McKinstry 1991, 151–2; Spalding 1994, 28; Williamson et al 1990, 592). This was probably more than a coincidence, as the Institute was to be administered by the church. Erected in William Pearce’s memory by his family and friends, the Institute provided the working population with reading rooms and clubs, a library, a gymnasium, retiring rooms, and cooking and laundry departments. With similar functions today, it also houses offices used by the minister of Govan Old, such that the church is integral to the Institute (Mitchell 2006).

Information from ‘The Scottish Burgh Survey, Historic Govan: Archaeology and Development’ (2009).


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