Known as “Gossard Building”, construction of Building 49 began in 1906, with additional large developments in 1913 and 1925.
Originally owned by the Cyclone Fence Gate Company, a nation-wide producer of fences and gates, they eventually sold the four-storey space to a successful manufacturer of undergarments, HW Gossard of Asia Pty. Ltd. Browsing the west wall of Building 49, old signage on the brick wall can still be found displaying “H.W. Gossard Co.”
While an RMIT presence began in the 1970s, when it was occupied by the RMIT Architecture and Building Department, it was not until 1991 that the institute actually purchased the space. It is now a dedicated space for the School of Art and the School of Architecture and Design.
Transport and access
Walk up to Swanston Street. Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.