One house in the Adirondacks may not look like much from the outside, but inside, it will bring you to a whole different world. It's a silohome with a Cold War missile base control center attached. Our Cara Thomas says after years of work and about $1.5 million, two cousins have made the silohome livable again.
SARANAC, N.Y. -- It was the middle of the cold war and the possibility of a nuclear attack brought fear to all in the United States. Missile bases were built all over the country, usually far from civilization, making the Adirondacks the perfect location. In 1958, one missile base was created in the town of Saranac and is still there today.
Bruce Francisco, co-owner and builder, said, "My cousin said to me, 'Hey, we can buy these missile bases' and I had no idea what he was talking about. A missile base? What's a missile base?"
It was a government hideout. A place underground that went 185 feet deep, with multiple 2,000 pound blast doors and could protect a crew from a nuclear attack or earthquake. The base also held a missile, which if instructed, was meant to be directed toward Russia.
"The skyscraper that's in place has these four 60 foot long shock systems, so ideally, if a bomb hit, the missile would just ride on the shocks and wouldn't be destroyed, same thing with the launch control center," said Francisco.
But the missile base was decommissioned only a few years after it was built and spent 30 years underwater, until Bruce Francisco and his cousin bought, drained and fixed up the property. Francisco built a small home on top to conceal the entrance and renovated what used to be the crew's living quarters into a living area and two luxury master bedrooms. But that's not all. All seven floors of the control center are still completely intact, including the spiral staircase and elevator shaft, which is rare.
Francisco said, "A lot of them were imploded into themselves, filled, are still filled with water, or they, all the steel was mined out of them."
He says what's unique about this silo home is the hundred or so acres surrounding it, which he says makes it a developer's dream.
"So my goal is to sell it out right or bring in an investor to buy my partner out and venture with me to bring it to the higher purpose," said Francisco.
He says there are many possibilities for the silohome, one being an Adirondack luxury resort.
For more information about the silo home, visit www.silohome.com.