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Landmark dome home in Carbondale to be restored

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Organizers say long-awaited restoration efforts will begin this spring on the landmark geodesic dome home the late R. Buckminster Fuller built in Carbondale while he was teaching at Southern Illinois University.

Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He was the inventor of the geodesic dome.

Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

The 11-year-old RBF Dome Not for Profit group  in Carbondale says recent donations will enable organizers to seek construction bids for the $300,000 project. Some $125,000 of that money came from a national trust for historic preservation.

Fuller built and lived in the dome for a number of years while he was a professor in the university’s design department.

The restoration group intends to open the home as a museum and eventually create a learning and interpretive center in Fuller’s name, along with a residency program for artists and scholars.

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