RMIT Building 19 - Former City Watch House

 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Stokes Rousseau was engaged to undertake heritage restoration works to Building 19 at the RMIT Melbourne Campus, (The Former City Watch House)

Steeped in history and intrigue, the Former City Watch House in Melbourne stands as a remarkable testament to the city’s past. Constructed in 1909, this imposing building served as the central hub for law enforcement, housing the city’s notorious criminals and providing a glimpse into Melbourne’s captivating legal and criminal history. The architectural design, attributed to renowned architect J.J. Clark, exudes an imposing presence, reflecting the importance of maintaining law and order during the early 20th century. The construction cost of this iconic structure was £11,000, a substantial investment reflecting the significance of the project at the time.

The scope of works largely consists of slate and metal roof replacement, copper sump and box gutter replacement, height safety access system installation, joinery conservation works to the central lantern, sash window refurbishments, hazardous material removal, painting and façade cleaning.

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