Earlier this week Playboy.com staff reported a curious story about the enterprise’s owner Hugh Hefner’s plans somewhere in 1970’s to build underground tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion to the celebrity houses nearby in the L.A. neighborhood.
One of our editors was in the office archives pulling photos for a feature set to run on Hugh Hefner’s birthday. He found some Polaroids from 1977 that showed a large excavation project at The Mansion. We asked the new general manager at The Mansion about these photos. He said, very matter-of-factly, “that’s probably when they built the tunnels in the 70s.”
The editors of the magazine were curious enough to go down the archives and pull out the drafts of the architectural project. This Mad Men-era brainchild seems dazzling today — celebrities getting Playboy bunnies through underground tunnels. However, it is also genius, given the Hollywood celebrities haunt for desperateness for preserving secrecy of their private lives.
Names on the projects of the secret tunnels read “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan.” “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s. There are no dates on the architectural schematics, but the dates on the Polaroids were from 1977,” — Playboy staff writes.
Here are the photos of these secret Playboy tunnels of the 1970’s:
What is there to say? Very cool master plan, Mr Hefner!