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Paisley - John Neilson Institute

Door open days

5 September 2020

6 September 2020


Known as the 'porridge bowl' because of the shape of its beautiful dome, this was originally a school bequeathed to the town by local grocer John Neilson.

The building was converted into apartments in 1993 and won a prestigious Saltire Award for its conversion.

The large atrium has a statue of a Greek philosopher Diogenes, sculpted by Paisley's Alexander Stoddart (Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen).

Digital Resources

John Neilson Video

Take a tour around thisĀ iconic building, which is affectionately-known locally as the Porridge Bowl!

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Architect: Charles Wilson

Building Date: 1852

  • Oakshaw Street West
  • Paisley
  • PA1 2DE