We found our dream office for Wonder Weird and its underground!!! This 6,000 square foot two bedroom house which sits 26 feet blow the ground was built in 1978.
Jerry and Mary Henderson built this house in Las Vegas to serve as a fall out shelter if a war ever broke out. Wow, did they plan ahead! This house has a 6-foot-deep pool, a spa, a barbecue area, a carpeted six-hole putting green and even views when you look outside the window of the home or from the patio. The house also comes with an 800-square-foot caretaker home that sits in the rear .
This is what the house looks like on the ground level
Mr Henderson was no stranger to the world of underground houses, in the mid 60's he was a part owner in the Underground World Homes company. This company would make complete underground homes as fall out shelters for families in fear of a big bomb coming.
The Underground World Homes company had an Underground Home display at the 1964-65 Worlds fair. It was a complete home open for tours so potential buyers could see what life would be like underground.
The home would have a traditional floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
The views outside the windows would also change with lighting, it would have daytime and night time lighting
When you are hiding out underground you can't forget to take a dip in the pool!
The completed model of this was underground at the Worlds fair. The sad part was, this attraction had the lowest attendance due to the fact that people just did not know it was there. They would see a sign for the underground house but never find how to get inside. Another interesting part of the story is many people still believe that this house is still in the ground in Queens, New York. The story goes when the fair was over in 1965 the company just decided it would be more cost effective to leave it in the ground and just seal up the entrance tunnel and move on!
The Las Vegas Bunker is only 26 feet underground so it would not really help to protect you from fallout, experts say it is not deep enough in the ground.
For more info about the Worlds Fair underground house Visit this great website http://www.nywf64.com/undrghome06.shtml