The United States is dotted with decommissioned missile silos — as any good X-Files fan knows — and some of them have found a new life in the private sector. Ed and Diana Peden bought their very own missile silo outside Topeka, Kansas in the 1980s. At the time it was twenty years decommissioned and filled with water and sludge, but the couple couldn’t pass up the 18,000 square feet spread out on 13 floors underground. After cleaning out the old girl (and finding that the 40+ ton silo garage door still worked after sitting in eight feet of water!) the couple moved into their newly-dubbed castle, Subterra.
The missile-housing area now houses an RV and lawnmowers — and its adjacent mechanics bay houses the Peden’s ultralight building facilities.
Travel down the tunnel to the left, and you’ll reach the Peden’s living room. Here you’ll find out that not only do they live in a very unusual house — the Pedens are Grade-A hippies! Yay! Behold: their beautifully-becurtained drum circle room:
The control room, which was once manned 24 hours a day by men ready to press the button, is now a spiritual haven filled with religious artifacts from around the world.
Some of the original mechanics are still installed in the base, like this control panel:
Having found a love for their completely odd home, Diana and Ed have branched out into running a real estate company geared towards selling silos across the country: 20th Century Castles. Check out what’s for sale there.
If you want more of the history of Subterra, Wired has a full article covering how the silo came to be, and its journey from relic of war to beloved homestead. You can also get the story straight from the horse’s mouth on Subterra’s web site.