Who we are

The Fuller Dome is a project of RBF Dome NFP, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring Buckminster Fuller's legacy. Our vision is to further Bucky's work, principles, and commitment to addressing the world's most basic needs by preserving his artifacts and providing programing in the spirit of Fuller's hope for "omni-successful education and a sustenance of all humanity."

The Fuller Dome is led by a Board of Directors comprised of educators, architects, designers, artists, retired emeriti, community organizers and leaders representing a diverse confluence of individuals who are dedicated to manifesting Bucky's ideals today.

Board Members

Jon Davey • President

Steven Schauwecker • Treasurer

Judy Ashby • Secretary

Bill Perk • Founding Member

Jessica Allee 

Thad Heckman

Kathy Livingston

Benjamin Lowder

Lindy Loyd

Shannon McDonald

Daniel Presley

Larry Weatherford


Advisory Board

Allegra Fuller Snyder
Thomas Zung
Joe Clinton
Jay Baldwin
Shirley Sharkey
Medard Gabel

A 3-D rendering of the exterior renovation of the Fuller Dome Home

A 3-D rendering of the exterior renovation of the Fuller Dome Home

The RBF Dome NFP

The RBF Dome NFP was formed on July 16, 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.

In September 2002, SIUC Emeritus H.F.W. 'Bill' Perk, colleague of Buckminster Fuller and owner of the Fuller Dome Home, donated the property at 407 S. Forest Avenue to RBF Dome NFP. Shortly thereafter we began working to make the RBF Dome Home Museum a legal reality.

Fuller Dome Home Advisory Board member, Allegra Fuller (Bucky's Daughter) & Founding Member Bill Perk (Bucky's colleague from the SIUC design department) at the Dome Home

Fuller Dome Home Advisory Board member, Allegra Fuller (Bucky's Daughter) & Founding Member Bill Perk (Bucky's colleague from the SIUC design department) at the Dome Home

Importance

The geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller’s most enduring legacy and Carbondale is its home. It is the only dome Bucky ever lived in and the only home he ever owned. It is also the prototype for all other dome homes that followed.

Positive Effects

Bucky’s home is undeniably a precious historical treasure and preserving it will have far-reaching positive effects, both locally and globally. Restoration will provide another needed education and tourism resource to the city of Carbondale. Most importantly, it will ensure that we can embrace and share our unique cultural and intellectual heritage.

A Historic Place

In February 2006, Fuller’s Dome Home was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Given its unique role in Bucky's life, the Fuller Dome in Carbondale is possibly the most important Buckminster Fuller artifact remaining in the world today.