FrontRunners: Going Nuclear

<< Back to Robb Report, February 2008

You know a house is unusual when the seller has been asked, "Does Russia still have this site listed as a target?" A Kansas company called 20th Century Castles buys and sells Atlas-F nuclear missile silos (www.missilebases.com) constructed during the Cold War, and some of them have been converted into extravagant homes. One example is a $2.3 million property near New York’s Saranac Lake. Aboveground, only a 2,000-square-foot cabin is visible, but just below, in what was a missile-control center, lies a two-level, three-bedroom house. And even if the property remains a Russian target, 20th Century Castles claims that it can withstand a nuclear hit.

Photo by Trent Bell Photography
Tom Moser’s distinctive craftsmanship only gets better with age...
Skip the club: The best gym is at home, with sleek, cut equipment that quickens the pulse...
Each of these books earns a coveted place on Robb Report Home & Style’s summer reading list...
Photo by Emily Wren
Robb Report Home & Style investigates the top design scenes around the globe…
The Italian brand Arper has reintroduced the famous Bowl chair to the United States...
Kartell and Emilio Pucci give the Madame chair a graphic advantage...
Photo by Adrien Millot
Sebastian Brajkovic explores the passage of time with his intricate furnishings...
Robb Report editors pick their favorites from the North Carolina show...
The annual design conference teaches attendees how to succeed in the niche market…
Photo by Robin Hill
The distinct outdoor spaces in this private estate garden make for a cohesive, one-of-a-kind...