In the mid 80’s, Bruce Townsley decided to move from his Chicago home in exchange for a decidedly less conventional abode. After an exhaustive search, Townsley finally located an abandoned missile silo in Abilene, Texas. At ground level, the property gives little indication of the underground lair. A few corrugated metal sheds, solar panels, and concrete slabs are the only man-built structures dotting the barren landscape. Unbeknownst to casual observers, the concrete slabs are actually hydraulically operated doors that open to reveal the cavernous 185 foot deep underground silo and attached 2200 square foot living space.
Townsley purchased the property in 1997, and moved in after two years of extensive renovation. Inside, two identical circular levels are suspended around a central concrete column. The silo, living spaces, and above ground structures are connected by a series of stairways and several 6600 pound blast doors. The décor is simple and clean, with white walls and exposed concrete ceilings and columns. The plan is open and bright, despite its subterranean nature. See the rest at Wired.
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