What would you put in your fallout shelter?
It’s one of the more fascinating questions of the 20th century. During the Cold War, millions of people had to consider the possibility that they would live underground for years while nuclear winter war raged above them. People began to build their own fallout shelters in their back yards, and stocked them with the essentials needed to survive for a long period of time. (Spam.)
But then there’s Jerry B. Henderson.
Henderson was a business executive who ran the Avon corporation, among others. He was also a champion of the “underground living” movement, which encouraged people not only to build their own fallout shelters, but to build them in style.
Today, we’re looking at photos from the fallout shelter he built beneath his Las Vegas home, and his attempt to take his 1970’s life of luxury into the bunker with him.
1. The house above
Here’s the house where Jerry and his second wife Mary lived. Aside from a few ventilation shafts you’d have no idea there’s a 15,200 square foot bunker below.
2. The house below
Yes, not only did he build an actual house inside the bunker, he build a lawn with fake grass, fake trees, fake rocks, and even a fake sky.
3. The lawn
How weird was it for the guys Jerry hired to build all this?
4. The town?!?!
Jerry even had someone paint the walls of his bunker to look like a landscape, complete with mountains and a little town.
The lawn area surrounding the bunker house included a putting green and a swimming pool. A swimming pool! I have so many questions…Wouldn’t that waste a lot of water? How did he plan to clean it? WAS HE PLANNING ON BRINGING A LIFEGUARD DOWN THERE WITH HIM?
6. The pool
In case you weren’t depressed enough already.
7. This fountain
These things creep me out even when they’re not next to an underground apocalypse house.
8. This owl
Hey, you gotta have someone to talk to, otherwise you’ll go crazy down there.
9. Entering the house
That place is huge! Plenty of room to spread out, or entertain all your imaginary friends.
10. The bedroom
In case you forgot when this bunker was built. By law, every house built in the 70’s had to have one loud pink room.