Living in a missile silo

In Read, View on August 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

Bruce Townsley lives in a remodeled missile silo in the middle of Texas.  The silo was built in the early 1960s and originally housed an Atlas F rocket.  After purchasing the site in 1997, he spent two years on the fixer-upper:

While Townsley had a lot of home remodeling experience in Chicago, nothing in the windy city prepared him for the demands of such a space. He has designed every detail in the room to fit its circular shape. The kitchen counter, for example, reflects the contour of the wall.

“The hardest part, says Townsley, “was learning how to drywall on a curve.”

Townsley's kitchen.  Photo by Jim Merithew/

Townsley's kitchen. Photo by Jim Merithew/

Wired has a loosely ongoing series on decommissioned missile silos and the people that call them home.  This is only the second installment, so you don’t have a lot of catch up to do.  Their first story is about Ed Peden in Kansas, and can be found here.

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