Rare footage showing Buckminster Fuller overseeing construction of his dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. This clip is from the film Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud.

Buckminster dome home preservation begins phase 2
First phase in restoring Bucky Dome complete

I want to thank all of you for attending the ribbon cutting of Phase I of the Preservation of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home. To quote Crosby Stills Nash "It's been a long time coming"

There are a number of people and agencies I would like to recognize for their contributions, gifts and work:

Founding Member Bill Perk
Treasurer Steven Schauwecker
Member Judy Ashby
Member Shannon McDonald

Past Members:
Leah Stover
Terry Hickey
Peter Bahn
Jay Needham
Michael Nolan
Brent Ritzel
Janet Donoghue
Larry Weatherford
Tom Redmond
Mary Ohara
Larry Busch
The late Johnny Johnson

A special thanks to:
Dr. Dale Ritzel
Din and the Sufi Community
and The Labyrinth Peace Garden
Depot Carbondale
The Arbor District
The Architect
Thad Heckman
Design Works
Asaturian, Eaton and Associates, P.C
Mechanical Engineers
White and Borgognoni Architects, P.C
Initial Preservation Study
The Contractor
Blair Wolfram
John Kennedy
Dome Inc
The City of Carbondale
National Park Service
Landmarks Illinois
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
The Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects Illinois

Today marks the completion of Phase I of the preservation of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home. The domes structural stability has been restored, new decking on the dome, a new waterproof membrane roof and a great paint job with the white representing the sails on a boat, the two blues representing the sea and the sky, just as Bucky would have it. We still have a way to go till we reach our goal of having the Fuller Dome as a interpretive center and Historic Landmark in Carbondale. Our next activities are to complete the working drawings and specifications for Phase II which will deal with the interior of the Dome. This will include rewiring, applying the insulation, new cork flooring, refinishing the interior triangle wall panels, new lighting, refurbishing the cabinetry and acquiring the vintage appliance and furniture that was in the original home, Oh yes the library too! When I reflect upon the kind of dilapidated shape the Fuller Dome Home was sixth months ago and how this beautiful structure stands before us today I am reminded of Bucky Fullers statement,
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Now as we cut the ribbon I would like to quote Bucky Fuller again,
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

Image by Paul Newton for The Southern Illinoisan - January 20, 2011

Image by Steve Berczynski for The Daily Egyptian - April 19, 2010

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Image by Dan Dwyer for The Daily Egyptian - April 19, 2010


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