The Dome Home
In April 1960 Buckminster Fuller assembled his geodesic dome home in Carbondale Illinois and lived in it with his wife Anne until 1971. Considered to be one of the strongest and most efficient structures known to humankind, the geodesic dome is Buckminster Fuller's most enduring legacy. He patented the dome home in 1954 as a solution to humanity's need for safe, affordable and accessible housing. This original dome home was constructed by Pease Homes, a company who licensed Fuller's 1954 patent in hopes of stimulating a dome home construction boom.
BUCKY'S Time at SIUC
A Professor in the Design Department at Southern Illinois University from 1959 to 1972, Bucky is a unique figure in Carbondale history, and a grandfather of the green movement. He produced some of his most important work during his time as a distinguished University Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1959 to 1971. While a professor at SIUC, Bucky made the front cover of Time Magazine and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Additionally, during his twelve years in Carbondale he produced some of his most influential writing; more than a quarter of his 23 patents, and the bestowing of nearly half his 48 honorary doctorates.