Originally named the Radio School Building when built in the 1930s, this highly functional, early modernist structure completes the row of similar buildings that line the Bowen Street Walk.
The building first housed Electrical Trades and the Radio School, which trained army and air force communications staff in World War Two under its director Ronald Mackay.
Mackay also advanced the role of audiovisual media in education. The building’s radio theatre helped develop Victoria’s film culture, and the school’s film collection provided the nucleus for the State Film Centre.
Transport and access
Located on the corner of Franklin and Bowen streets, across from the City Baths, the building is easily reached from Swanston Street. Catch a City Loop train to Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street, from where you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.
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.