RMIT Spiritual Centre

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Spiritual Centre
RMIT Building 11
RMIT Building 11 (Spiritual Centre)
Spiritual Centre chapel and courtyard from the Franklin Street entrance
General information
Type Education, worship
Architectural style Italianate
Address Franklin Street
Town or city Melbourne, Victoria
Country Australia
Completed 1860
Owner RMIT
Design and construction
Architect H.A. Williams, J.J. Clark and Gustav Joachimi
Architecture firm Victorian Public Works Department
Renovating team
Architect Khalid Bouden
Renovating firm Desypher

The Spiritual Centre of RMIT is a building located at the City campus of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). The centre provides space for worship to all staff and students of RMIT, regardless of their faith and without showing favour to any one faith, and houses the RMIT Chaplaincy service.[1]


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 buildings of the complex. It became part of RMIT after the gaol's decommissioning in 1929.[2] The other remaining buildings include: the main entrance gates, the female hospital, a service wing and a bathhouse (collectively known today, along with the chapel, as "RMIT Building 11"),[3] 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,[2] 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).[4]

The centre is registered as a "notable building" by the Melbourne City Council, the Victorian Heritage Register and the National Trust of Australia.[3]


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Coordinates: 37°48′29″S 144°57′55″E / 37.80806°S 144.96528°E / -37.80806; 144.96528