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

Friday, March 22, 2013
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)

11 Responses to “Oklahoma City Developer: Take My Geodesic Dome And Get $100,000!”

  1. Glen Mentgen says:

    I’m interested in taking the dome off your hands. Please reply with more details.
    Thank you.

  2. Glen Mentgen says:

    Oops, forgot to check the “Notify me of followup comment” box…

  3. Aki says:

    What is the material of the dome?

  4. Rasputin says:

    The roof is aluminum. Fill the thing with helium cells and ease it off the structure.

  5. matthew B says:

    we’ll take it ! We have a 36ft 5v dome an could reuse the top of your dome ! When could we take a look at it, to see how much work it would take to remove the hole thing.

  6. william menking says:

    If your interested int he dome call tommy garrison at 405/626-7000

  7. Skyeler Sebourn says:

    My friends from Los Angeles are very interested. They want to use it in an artistic way. Please email me at skyelerdevin@yahoo.com thanks!

  8. Glen Mentgen says:

    Still have not received any info related to the actual building (size, etc), but my interest in it is to use it as a “school house” that will be used to teach students about farming, permaculture, CSA (community supported agriculture). We are currently teaching students from all over the world and would like to expand. You can see our efforts at http://thelivingfarm.org/

  9. Sandra Garratt says:

    I have had a Green apparel business since 1992, and I am based in Palm Springs, Calif. where progressive modern design is treasured & protected, and am very interested in discussing this offer further. I am most eager to speak with you. Thank you very much. Sandra Garratt

  10. Nickolis powell says:

    How are you all doing today. I have a interest in your dome. I have 15 domes under my belt. And me and a dome specialist would be more then happy to come out and look at your dome. To see weather it could be fixed or to take it off your hands whatever is more convenient for you all. Please contact me Nicholis Powell at 9183484401 or mike peirce at 6207500504. Between the 2 of us we have 10 yrs experience if you would please contact us for more info on the profile of dome. We will be waiting to hear from you. Thank you. Nick powell

  11. william menking says:

    Call tommy garrison at 405/626-7000

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