Oklahoma City Developer: Take My Geodesic Dome And Get $100,000!

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The Gold Dome in the 1950s. (Roadsidepictures / Flickr)

The Gold Dome in the 1950s. (Roadsidepictures / Flickr)

Oklahoma City just cannot tear down its architectural landmarks fast enough! The city and its developer community have been trying to do away with John Johansen‘s famous Mummers Theater and now David Box, a local developer, wants to get rid of a unique geodesic dome built in 1958 on Route 66. The developer—who claims among other things that the roof leaks and “you can’t just call a normal roofer and say hey we got a geodesic dome here can you fix it”—will give anyone who wants the dome a $100,000 bonus to take it off his property so he can fill it in and “make it safe.” The structure was originally built to house a bank and has been declared eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and was designed by local architects Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson, and Roloff based on Buckminster Fuller‘s patented dome.

Ceiling detail. (H.L.I.T. / Flickr)

Ceiling detail. (H.L.I.T. / Flickr)

The dome in 2012. (QuesterMark / Flickr)

The dome in 2012. (QuesterMark / Flickr)

Ceiling detail. (Brittanie Shey / Flickr)

Ceiling detail. (Brittanie Shey / Flickr)

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