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RMIT Building 11 (Spiritual Centre)
Building
Former names Melbourne Gaol Chapel
Type Chapel
Location Melbourne, Australia Australia
Owner RMIT
Current tenants RMIT Chaplaincy

The RMIT Spiritual Centre 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]

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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 Goal 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]

It 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

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