Miss Midgley’s is James Street’s new five-apartment hotel inside a heritage-listed former school

If you’ve ever fallen asleep in class back when you were at school, you’re already well placed to sleep in Brisbane’s brand new boutique hotel. Nestled in James Street, Miss Midgley is inside a heritage-listed building that dates back to the 1860s – including previous stays as a private home, private hospital and, at the turn of the 20th century, as a private school called Miss Midgley’s Educational Establishment.

The old school is now a five-apartment resort that can be rented by the room or booked as an entire building, breathing new life into a place with a significant past. But, as seen in the hotel’s name, Miss Midgley’s eagerly embraces its history. Mother-daughter duo Lisa and Isabella White, both architects, renovated the building with a focus on restoring, preserving and celebrating its century-old charms.

From the outside, Miss Midgley’s heritage look immediately greets visitors and passers-by; being built from Brisbane tuff stone, aka the type of weathered-looking rock that marks many of the oldest and oldest buildings in the city, will. That said, this new hotel is also the kind of place you can walk around, marveling at the outdoors without realizing you can stay there, including with pets in its three ground-floor apartments. floor.

These lower-level rooms all have exterior courtyards, and the five on the two floors are self-contained, air-conditioned, and have their own outdoor space. They all take each of the names from the school theme, also nodding to the OG Miss Midgley’s – so downstairs you’ll find the one-bedroom headmaster’s office, and the two-bedroom cloakroom and mess hall. bedrooms, while the two bedroom meeting room and Salon sit upstairs.

With all but one of the apartments having two bedrooms – and the whole place sleeping 18 – booking with your friends for a getaway to Brisbane without going out of town is now part of your travel plan. Given New Farm’s location, you’ll be within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of James Street, as well as New Farm Park and Howard Smith Wharves. And if you’re happy to hang out at Miss Midgley, there’s not just the pool but also a tropical garden and a small terrace, and each apartment has its own fringed parasol.

In revitalizing Miss Midgley’s, Whites took their design cues from stone walls; think: a color palette filled with rusts, pinks and browns, as seen on walls and furniture. The front corten fence is also designed to stand out while making the building itself the main attraction.

And if you’re wondering more about Miss Midgley’s past, the Midgley family bought the place in 1903, with their daughter Annie converting the house into a school in 1905 due to overcrowding at the New Farm State School on the other side of the road.

Find Miss Midgley at 135 James St, New Farm. For more information or to book, go to heritage accommodation website.

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Posted on March 11, 2022 by

Sarah Ward

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