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Home is where you hang your helmet

Interesting profile of a guy (Ed Peden) who bought a retired underground military bunker in 1982 and turned it into a home for his family.

“He found 34 acres of grass in need of mowing and, deep below ground, an 18,000-square-foot warren of concrete tunnels, most of it flooded with rainwater. Peden stripped to his shorts and dropped a rope ladder into the flooded base. Most of the rooms were three-quarters flooded, and the water had stagnated for nearly two decades. Holding his nose to dive under doorways between the flooded rooms, Peden took his first tour of what would soon become his family home.”

Now that is impressive to me, to have the guts to go swimming in 20-year-old water in a space that hasn’t been explored in probably much longer than that?

Peden only ended up remodeling  a few thousand feed, but all in all this place is huge! His kids learned to ride their bicycles underground.

The place looks surprisingly homey, with stained-glass windows lit from behind to make rooms seem more light and airy.

As cool as it is, I think I’d get a little claustrophobic living in a space like that; I need my sun and fresh air. But I am really impressed at his ability to embrace an old center of technology and scientific exploration and turn it into a relatively cozy home for his family, but still keep some of the “charm” of the bunker.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.