University of Melbourne Magazine

Opening the gate on history


    Grattan St Gate-5

    MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Gate 10 on Grattan Street as it is today (above), and as it was as Gate 6 in 1957 (below)


    Historic uni copy


    They made for an imposing entrance to the University of Melbourne, where they had stood in Grattan Street since 1876. But soon after the photograph below was taken in 1957, the large gates and pillars were dismantled and removed. The gates from what was then Gate 6 (now known as Gate 10) were relocated to near the Botany School. The Gothic-inspired pillars were designed by the architects Reed and Barnes. Joseph Reed designed several significant campus buildings, including the old Wilson Hall, which was destroyed by fire in 1952. Reed also designed the Melbourne Town Hall, the original State Library, Trades Hall, the Royal Exhibition Building, Ormond College, Rippon Lea House, and a great number of churches.

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