In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appear the U.S. was activity to alpha architecture fallout shelters. Boise’s was the first. That apartment is now for sale.
BOISE, Idaho — In 1960, the acme of the Cold War, Boise absitively to go somewhat underground, abstraction the country’s aboriginal association fallout apartment out of the hills abreast a new apartment development accepted as The Highlands.
The Federal Civil Defense Administration kicked in $122,000 for its construction, a ancestor that would spawn bags of others bank to coast.
Called “The Highlands Association Shelter,” Governor Robert Smylie cut the award in 1961 with Boise families allowance to banal it and booty a bout of the dormitories and decontamination showers.
It was congenital to save a thousand people. But not aloof anyone. If needed, you and your ancestors could accretion admission for $100.
For 11 years it waited for an advance that never came. Then in 1972 it was awash to the Boise Academy Commune which acclimated it for appointment and accumulator space.
Jump advanced to 2003, as we jump aback to a adventure we did about 17 years ago, with the academy commune attractive to unload it.
“It served many, abounding years, it still has a lot of activity larboard in it,” academy commune agent Dan Hollar said at the time. “And it’s up for auction for $125,000.”
It awash for $150,000 in 2003 to Boise agent Jon Farren.
The 14,000 square-feet larboard Farren with a lot of allowance to spare, which he’s been lending to bounded bands attractive for a abode to practice.
He is now acquisitive to advertise the above fallout shelter.
“It’s structurally sound, absolute solid,” Hollar adds from the adventure we did in September 2003. “Light, airy, you can airing on your roof, you can abundance bike on your roof.”
And according to Farren, and the absolute acreage website Zillow, this four ample bedroom, three ablution (with alone stalls), two-story, mid-century, almost-modern “home” can now be castigation for $2.1 million.
The absolute acreage advertisement additionally says the acreage on West Curling Drive is absolute activity efficient. I mean, if it can accumulate out radiation it should be able to accumulate in the heat!
Everyone calls it a bomb apartment because it’s fun to say. But it’s absolutely a fallout shelter, meant to assure bodies from nuclear fallout and not necessarily survive an absolute bang from a bomb.
Farren says he is currently abacus a blaze sprinkler arrangement and added upgrades to the building. But If he sells it, it will be absolutely the acknowledgment on investment.
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