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Storey Hall, 336 Swanston Street
Where is Spark?
Spark The Change will be held at RMIT Storey Hall, 336 Swanson St.
It’s a 1 minute walk from Melbourne Central Station and the Swanson St trams, so it couldn’t be easier to get to Sparkt he Change.
First built as the Hibernian Hall, it was remodelled as the iconic Storey Hall in 1995, when it received an ultra-modern extension, featuring geometric-shaped windows and tiles.
While the remodelling preserved the original, heritage-protected building, the extension includes references to Melbourne’s architectural past, while showing what can be done with modern design and architectural techniques and technology.
The building is now home to the RMIT Gallery and includes a large auditorium and function space. It was originally built for the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society in 1887 – and the extensive use of green in the extension’s exterior references that Irish heritage.
The building was renamed in 1959 to honour two members of the Storey family with close links to RMIT.
Sir John Storey Senior, a pioneer of Australia’s automotive and aircraft industries, was Melbourne Technical College Vice President 1944-1945. His son, John Storey Junior, was a former Student Representative Council president.