380 Lygon Court is steeped in history.

The Holdsworth buildings that house 380 Lygon Courtare of historical significance and are protected under theVictorian Heritage Act because they represent a fine example ofmid-Victorian retail and residential development.

The verandah with its distinctive central bowed canopy is a raresurvivor of this type of architecture that was once very common inMelbourne.

The original three shops with residences were erected in 1871 byJohn Daley, a local undertaker and designed by architect George RJohnson.

In 1908 Daley sold the buildings to another undertaker, JosiahHoldsworth, who ran his business in the buildings until 1972 andwhom the buildings are named after making them also historicallysignificant for their long association with the undertaking andfuneral trade.

In the 1980s the Banco Group bought the buildings to incorporatethem into the Lygon Court shopping complex.

The first tenants were Safeway/Woolworth’s and they opened theirdoors October 10, 1988.  The Centre was later refurbished in2002 allowing for Cinema Nova and Borders to be housed. Cinema Novahas since developed from two cinemas to an impressive 15cinemas.  More recently, Lygon Court has seen much of thefirst floor developed into a medical precinct, which includes twomedical clinics (with 11 GP’s) & McKenzie Chiropractic.

However, Borders no longer exists. In it’s place coming early 2013will be the iconic Carlton pasticceria Brunetti Café. Thisworld-renowned café is returning to it’s original home after manyyears in Faraday Street.

Lygon Court now consists of over 28 specialty stores and cafes allwithin its fabulous facade.

Lygon Court Contact Details:
Lygon Court:
380 Lygon St Carlton
Lygon Court Centre Management:
Level 1, 333 Drummond St Carlton
PO Box 1144 Carlton 3053
Phone: (03) 9347 – 5055
Fax: (03) 9347 – 0287