Some people took the Cold War so seriously that they built an underground bunker that replicated the above-ground world.
Girard B. “Jerry” Henderson built his Las Vegas bunker in the 1970s. He was an entrepreneur who apparently feared both nuclear war and being confined in tiny spaces. His spacious bunker is located just a few miles from the Strip on Flamingo Road. It is designed to keep a typical American family safe for an entire year without emerging.
First of all, the house at the center of this underground world looks like the set from The Brady Bunch.
Pink accents in the bright kitchen create an inviting, homey feeling.
The living room features sliding glass doors that open out onto the fake turf. What a perfect setting for a family evening outside.
Vaulted ceilings finish off the 1970s architectural style in the main room, complete with a fireplace.
The bathroom looks like a page out of a ’70s luxury design handbook.
In addition, Henderson added huge murals on the walls to imitate various vistas in the great outdoors. This one features chickens clucking around a spigot.
Hiking people in ’70s gear smile at you behind an old fence, just so you don’t go too crazy without a social circle.
All the original appliances highlight the era in which it was built.
Two jacuzzis make for a relaxing escape. And it feels even more like a museum version of a resort because of the putting green and the elegant fountain.
The “outdoor” grill hides inside a faux rock casing.
Separate lighting concepts differentiate between daytime and nighttime so that nobody gets disoriented being underground for weeks at a time.
But you would never know any of this was hiding underground when you see the typical Vegas-style suburban house on top.
An investment company bought the property a few years ago for about $1.7 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Who knows what it is being used for these days, but it is a spectacularly preserved capsule of the dreams and nightmares of the 1970s.