Milner Square was the second of the two squares in the Milner-Gibson Estate. It was laid out by Robert Lewis Roumieu and Alexander Dick Gough who also designed a church for the square, but this was never built. The building was undertaken from 1841-47, resulting in what Roy Porter calls ‘the astonishing Milner Square’. Pevsner goes further: ‘..eccentric proportions transmuted classical terraces into strange, powerful compositions of verticals and horizontals..’.
A passageway at the south east corner of the square leads to Almeida Street the the Almeida Theatre which was originally built by Roumieu and Gough as a Literary and Scientific Institute for the neighbourhood.