Join us for Dome Days 2013: "Bringing Bucky Home"

The R. Buckminster Fuller Dome NFP is hosting its first annual Dome Days event April 18-20, 2013 to raise the balance of money needed to complete the first phase of restoration of the dome. Events and activities planned for all ages include:

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City of Carbondale supports Dome Home Preservation


The City of Carbondale has recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the RBF Dome NFP. Mayor Joel Fritzler stated, “The Carbondale City Council is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of our historic downtown and neighborhoods. The Fuller Dome is right in the middle of our historic district so, it is a vital part of our community. The restoration of Dr. Fuller’s home is important not only for the preservation of Carbondale’s history, but also for attracting out-of-town visitors to the Southern Illinois region.”

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The Holland Prize

Intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States, The Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to HABS/HAER/HALS standards and guidelines.

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Save America's Treasures

In February of 2011 The Fuller Dome was selected as recipient of the highly competitive Save America's Treasures grant. This $125,000 matching grant directly supports preservation efforts and means all donations received by the Fuller Dome are doubled in value! Every dollar you donate is matched by the grant.

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The Dome Home

The geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller's most enduring legacy, and the city of Carbondale is the proud home of the only dome which Bucky lived in and owned.

Our Mission

RBF Dome NFP was formed in 2002 by a small group of local volunteers who believed that the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois was an extremely important historic artifact which should be preserved for the appreciation and education of future generations.

We are dedicated to a complete restoration of the Fuller Dome Home. This will ensure not only an additional educational-tourist resource to Southern Illinois, but a physical space where we can embrace, share, and express our unique cultural and intellectual heritage.

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We work to:

...preserve the original dome home of R. Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett-Fuller located at 407 South Forest Ave. in Carbondale, Illinois...

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Sketch of Dome as it will look after the Phase One Exterior Preservation