In the early 1960s, a successful businessman and philanthropist named Girard B. Henderson used his significant wealth to spearhead a project he called Underground Home. These were homes outfitted to look like modern homes, complete with all the amenities and styles of the day, except they were, as the same suggests, completely underground. Why? Because this was during the height of the Cold War, when people considered a nuclear holocaust to be a possible future. The homes would provide comfortable shelter to survivors. The Underground Home was even exhibited at the 1964 World”s Fair in New York.
We can”t imagine what living underground like this might do to your mental health, but it”s probably not good. Still, it seems to appeal to some people even today. One of Henderson”s underground homes in Las Vegas was rediscovered recently when it sold for $1.7 million, and that one comes complete with a “back yard” painted to look like the outdoors. Henderson”s company didn”t last, needless to say, but these strange relics teach us about a different time.