Buckminster Fuller's Largest Dome Is Now a National Historic Place

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Buckminster Fuller only designed about a dozen of domed structures to begin with, and many have either been torn down in lieu of new construction or simply left to rot. But not the dome at Materials Park in Ohio, it just received a $7 million facelift and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).


Designed in conjunction with noted architect John Terence Kelly and completed in 1959, the open-air structure at Materials Park—roughly 25 miles east of Cleveland—was reportedly one of Fuller's favorites.

With the completion of the work to the structure and surrounding park area, ASM International—a materials research clearinghouse—is now eligible for a $2.5 million tax credit to offset the $7 million renovation. The next big question to answer is why a world-famous designer and mathematician like Fuller would put something like this out in the boonies of Ohio. [Architizer via 2Modern]


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I've always wished that I could see it with some sort of ivy or other vine grown in. The idea of tangling an organic geometric dome into a man made geometric dome is cool to me.

To address the last sentence of this article (the part about the boonies of Ohio), I think that's exactly why he put it there. It's a beautifully engineered structure sitting in the middle of the exact opposite.

I love that it's in the middle of nowhere. That when you go there, you're often the only one there, it's all the more alien. Put it in the middle of Golden Gate Park, it's just another weirdy.

Don't miss seeing it on Google Maps!