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Artists and Espionage : The Lawn Road flats NW3 DEBORAH LAMBERT Monday 11 June 2018

Modernist Living in Mid 20th Century London.

 

This is the story of a ground-breaking building,

and of the rich and complex lives of its residents. 

 

The setting is the Lawn Road Flats, a startling Modernist block in a leafy road in North London.  It offered a new housing concept for young professionals: small serviced flats with a communal restaurant and popular club. 

 

The cast of characters includes Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, refugees from the Bauhaus in Germany, the sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, writers such as Nicholas Monsarrat and Agatha Christie, intellectuals, civil servants – and a clutch of Soviet agents.