Many mansions built in Essendon in the 1880's and 1890's later became schools. One being Ave Maria the former home of the Ramsay family.
The house was built in 1889 in the Victorian Italianate style, and previously known as "Clydebank". Home of noted artist Hugh Ramsay who studied at the National Gallery of Victoria and in 1899 left Australia to study painting in Paris, where he contracted tuberculosis and returned to Australia in 1902 where he died four years later. The National Gallery of Victoria holds a number of his paintings. Since 1963 the home as been the administrative functions of the Ave Maria College, Vida Street, Essendon.