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.”

Fritzler points out that over the first three years following completion of preservation and establishing The Fuller Dome as a home museum, interpretive arts gallery and events center, the site is expected to generate over $5 million in local economic activity, an estimated additional $252,724 in state taxes, and $130,248 in local taxes. “One of the few growth industries in the U.S. in our current economy is heritage tourism…an industry that is growing at a rate of 10% per year…involved in 46% of all the trips that U.S. residents take beyond 50 miles from home.”

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