Howden house was completed  in 1795 and has had many owners throughout its many years.  But in 1964 the Carnegie trust gave a grant of £12,000 to  convert the house from offices into a community centre for  the new town. But in recent years the house has lay  unoccupied. Still owned by West Lothian Council. Every  now and again you hear about people possible buying it. But  nothing much has came of it. The most recent rumour is  converting it into luxury apartments. But letís wait and see.