Works are complete at Carlton Court House, where theatre audiences can now enjoy new and improved spaces

Working Heritage initiated this project in response to the contemporary needs of this building in its use as theatre space by tenant La Mama Theatre. A new entranceway has been constructed alongside the historic Court House, which has stood on the site since 1887. The new structure provides both a brilliant architectural contrast and an all-weather area to welcome audiences. Our revitalisation has also included greater security, storage and amenity for crews and performers. These improvements make the building, used by over 10,000 people every year, more practical and welcoming for its use by La Mama, while being sensitive to the heritage fabric and significance.

Working Heritage has invested approximately $320,000 in these improvements with a valuable contribution of approximately $20,000 by La Mama. This investment will ensure its future as a premier independent theatre venue in inner-Melbourne. 

In June 2017 the project, designed by HLCD Pty Ltd and Somerville Design, was shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards in the Heritge Architecture category. 

Carlton Court House

The Gothic court house

349 Drummond Street, Carlton


t: 9600 1667

Southern Gatehouse
Former Royal Melbourne Mint
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


PO Box 13287
Law Courts Post Office
277 William Street
Melbourne VIC 8010


Permanent and casual parking
is available at the Mint Car Park,
280 William Street, Melbourne.

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