Friday, April 16, 2010

Tom Scherman's Submarine Apartment

Thanks to Rowland Scherman and Dave Scherman - Tom's brothers - you will discover a very rare document, Tom's scrap book that he did when he created a Nautilus decor in his Los Angeles apartment in 1966. Only one copy of this book exists, the one that Tom did to keep pictures of the whole transformation from the renderings to the final result.

From the cover to the last page of this fantastic document, each page of Tom's book is here. And I also did scans of each page most interesting pictures. You must click on each picture to see them in big size as Tom himself details each step of this amazing creation.

Pictures: copyright Tom Scherman & Rowland Scherman. No reproduction of these pictures is allowed and they can't be posted on other web sites without prior authorization.


  1. Fascinating document! Thanks for posting this.

  2. Thanks for posting this.Toms work and this apartment are something I've heard about for years but never saw a photo. So glad to finally see it.

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  4. Amazing, the amount of detail. Being a huge fan of the film and book, I understand the fascination of wanting to live it. Few of us take the time for these kinds of projects while we are in our prime. I'm sure, when it boils down to it, you always look back and regret what you meant to do in life and didnt do. This was definately something to be proud of!

  5. THANK YOU for hosting this site! Tom Scherman's Nautilus Apartment is the ultimate Disney DIY project and a great source of inspiration and info re: faux finishes. I wonder if this is the most elaborate Disney DIY. Golden Oak, the luxury housing development at WDW offers a possible Nautilus themed home decor installation. The option is WDI approved, but it pales in comparison to Tom's work!
    Thank you for keeping this information available!

    1. the Golden Oak was built to specifications of a Goff Nautilus enthusiast. (it is someone's Home and Not being "offered" to the public. Tom 'inspired' Many home owners to install Goff Nautilus home-theaters & similar Nautilus themed

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