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Paisley Architects – James Donald

Paisley Architects – James Donald (Part 7 of 7)

We’ve come to the final post in the Paisley Architects series.  This week’s focus is on James Donald.

Records indicate Donald was born in 1852 just outside Paisley, but the details are unclear as to exactly where.  He trained with Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson, this influence can be seen in Donald’s work, before setting up his own practice in 1881 at 22 Caledonia Street, Paisley.   Becoming a member of the Liberal Party afforded him the luxury of being commissioned to design the Liberal Club in 1886, which was the first building to be designed by James Donald within Paisley.  Donald made it his priority to design and build his own home early on and this building still stands today as a private residential home.

Some of his well known work included:

Liberal Club

Liberal Club

Dunraven, 19 Arkleston Road

Dunraven, 19 Arkleston Road. Donald’s family home while he lived in Paisley.

6 Hunterhill Rd

6 Hunterhill Road

8 Hunterhill Rd

8 Hunterhill Road

10 and 12 Hunterhill Rd

10 and 12 Hunterhill Road

7 Riccartsbar Ave

7 Riccartsbar Ave

11 Riccartsbar Ave

11 Riccartsbar Ave

20 Smithhill Street

20 Smithhill Street

30-38 Broomlands St

30-38 Broomlands Road

77-81 Causeyside St

71-81 Causeyside Street

83 Neilston Rd

83 Neilston Road

Abercorn Bowling Club

Abercorn Bowling Club

Dunn Square Dunn Square

Dunn Square.  Comprises of 8 paths all leading to the Queen Victoria Statue in the centre.  This runs along the water across from the Town Hall and is lined with cherry trees which bloom every spring.

Gabriels, Formerly the Abercorn

33 Gauze Street

Harvies

86 Glasgow Road

Sherwood Church

Sherwood Church, Glasgow Road

70 Causeyside Street

70 Causeyside Street

4 Glasgow Road

4 Glasgow Road

11 Orchard Street

11 Orchard Street

Upon retirement in 1914, he moved to 30 Robertson Street, Greenock where he spent the remainder of his days there until his death in 9th April 1917.

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