RMIT Building 11 facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsRMIT Building 11
Spiritual Centre chapel and courtyard from the Franklin Street entrance
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|Location||Corner Franklin and Victoria streets, Melbourne|
|Address||377 Russell Street|
|Town or city||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||H.A. Williams, J.J. Clark and Gustav Joachimi|
|Architecture firm||Victorian Public Works Department|
RMIT Building 11, also informally known as RMIT Spiritual Centre, is a building located at the City campus of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), and is part of the Old Melbourne Gaol. The centre is a place for students to practise mindful meditation, which is an activity organised by the RMIT Chaplaincy Service.
The building was built in 1860 as the chapel of the Old Melbourne Gaol. It was part of the "North Wing" of the gaol, and today is one of the few remaining facilities of the complex. It became part of RMIT after the gaol's decommissioning in 1929. The other remaining facilities include: the main entrance gates, the governor's residence, female hospital, a service wing and a bathhouse (collectively known today, along with the chapel, as "RMIT Building 11"), and the "East Block" (currently utilised as a museum). The "West Block" of the gaol was demolished to make way for an RMIT expansion, circa 1910, and the large circular panopticon watchtower and male exercise yard were demolished in 1927 for the construction of the Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy (now also part of RMIT).
Banyan tree growing over a wall in a courtyard of the centre
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