After 160 years, The Iconic has come full circle as a place for students to call home. We invite you to experience this rare and splendid monument to Victoria’s past.
Designed by architects Backhouse and Reynolds, this Tudor Gothic building was the original site of Geelong Grammar School. The Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Barkly, laid its foundation stone in 1857 with the Bishop of Melbourne and the Archdeacon of Geelong in attendance. The student boarder population grew rapidly to call 55 Maud Street their home.
After the school relocated to a larger site in 1914, the building was subdivided into a factory and a guesthouse called the Dysart Private Hotel. In 1961, it was again converted into the Reformed Theological College then later a private residence.
Fast – forward to 2018:
55 Maud Street had fallen into a state of disrepair , however we had a grander vision for the historic site – once again it would serve as a base for students in the heart of Geelong.
Today, The Iconic boasts 28 premium dormitories in a peaceful and gorgeous setting.