The Bomb Shelter is located at/is 720 Anderson. To clarify: The actual bomb shelter is in the backyard, but the house is also referred to as the Bomb Shelter or simply 720. The house is an infamous residence in Davis, host to many music shows, debaucherous parties and other chaotic activities, chill-outs, and perhaps most importantly, home to many a Davis character. (A list of past residents can be found here.)


As far as nicknames go, this house was simply 720 long before anyone knew there was a bomb shelter in the backyard. In 2001 it was inhabited by 6 college-age men (among them, Brendan Boyle, Brett Hart, Otis Caldwell, and RishiTrivedi) who were all connected by a shared dorm floor in the year 2000--Gilmore 5. Initially some of the 720ers got word from a neighbor that there was a bomb shelter in the backyard. Then one day, while dealing with a fine from the city, DanMasiel and WillKaufman decided to look up all the building permits for 720. To their amazement they discovered that, in fact, in 1962, a bomb shelter was built in the backyard, although its location was not revealed on the permit.

In 2003, a new member of the household named Dan (whose picture can be seen at the bottom of the Delta of Venus page), moved into 720 bringing with him nothing more than a sleeping bag and large quantities of alcohol. Late that summer, Dan began digging four-foot- deep holes in the backyard in search of the alleged bomb shelter. On his third hole he hit concrete, and after a long and lazy excavation (sadly interrupted by the rainy season), a concrete-covered hatch was discovered. After breaking up the concrete with a sledge hammer, a deep, dark hole was revealed. Within that hole was about a foot of filthy standing water and a time capsule. The contents of that time capsule were supposedly to be revealed in MONUMENT. It has not been verified whether that came to fruition.


On September 8, 2005, Jack Rose and Marrisa Nadler's solo performances in the Bomb Shelter were broadcasted live over the KDVS airwaves. The backyard fallout shelter has since hosted performances by Josephine Foster (live recording in possession of KDVS), Obo Martin, Nick Castro, Arrington de Dionyso, Scott Rosenberg, Jacopo Andrienni, Whysp, Pumice, The Finches, Sean Smith, Chad Stockdale, Patrick Ferris, Garrett Pierce, The Playboy Millionaires, Underground Underwater, and Jason Webley, amongst others.

Garrett Pierce performing in the shelter. Photo by Gonzalo Eyzaguirre.An audience inside the shelter


The house itself was the site of many parties. Halloween festivities were big here, in addition to fetes like pig roasts and music show after-parties. Know more about the party end of things at 720? Add to this paragraph.

Photo shoots

The backyard and garage were once used in a Buildings Breeding photo shoot. Only garage photo shoot sample currently available:

Buildings Breeding practicing in the 720 garage. Photo by Elise Kane.

Miscellaneous photos

Back patio music practice, 2008Alex Freedman, one of the residents circa 2007, in the living room



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StevenDaubert Says that 720 isn't the only house in Davis to have a bomb shelter, there is another house just down the road that has one as well.

2017-08-25 18:45:48   On parties -- This house claims to practice safe-space rules in an attempt to advocate for marginalized peoples. However, the current residents, while being the main enforcers of the rules during house shows, can also be the greatest offenders. The concept of safe-space rules, while in good intention, can also be abused and exclusive based on the whims of those in authority. One of the current residents is notorious for preying on scores of women, taking advantage of the fact that Davis is a college town and there is a constant flux of young and naive people. I knew someone who was preyed upon at this venue while intoxicated and most of the other residents in the house refused to stand by the victim and disregarded it as a sexual assault. This shouldn't be happening to anyone. So much for being a "safe space". A caution to all female party-goers -- be on guard here and know your rights, not only as women, but also as human beings. Speak up right away if something unwanted happens, and keep a friend close by. You don't owe anything to anyone, and especially not to any strange intimidating men trying to pick you up. —crotalusVL