Dating back to 1791, London’s Fitzroy House was in spitting distance of some of literature’s greatest minds, but the house itself is best known for the tenure of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology and Guinness World Record Holder for Most Published Works.
Hubbard moved his office into the Fitzroy House at 35/37 Fitzroy Street in 1956 after his Hubbard Association of Scientologists International purchased the property for use as a headquarters and research center. It was here that Hubbard wrote many of his most famous works of both Scientology text and science fiction. The first floor of the building was set up as the first Scientology communications center from which the word of Hubbard could be disseminated without interference. Other floors and rooms of the house were used as study and administrative offices.
Today the Fitzroy House is maintained as a museum to Hubbard’s time in the house. Four floors of the site are preserved in their 1950’s style complete with old-style typewriters, record players, and furniture. The large meeting rooms are kept in the opulent style that Hubbard had them in as well.
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