Lauderdale House was once just a semi-derelict shell. Yet even in its fire-damaged state the building inspired writer and artist Sasha Young to launch a campaign that led to its new life as an arts and education centre.
In 1971 Sasha founded the Friends of Lauderdale House, a group of local people united in their passion to save the building. At first, the Friends wanted to use the building as the central hub for a new type of school. They changed their plans when they realised the enormous resources needed to make this happen.
However, agreeing their overall goal was less of a challenge than the House’s ownership. At the time, it was managed by Camden Council, who spent several years deliberating its future.