Home Sweet Dome

Home Sweet Dome

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This former bank, built in 1958, was purchased and restored for $2.1 million by Dr. Irene Lam, an optometrist who clearly loves her some Mid-Century architecture. From today’s Currents column in the New York Times Home & Garden section:

A gold geodesic dome in Oklahoma City… will become offices with faceted ceilings and curved walls on Feb. 20. Dr. Irene Lam… has spent $2.1 million buying and restoring the anodized aluminum hemisphere to house her practice, a dozen tenants and an Asian cultural center. (The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the dome on the 2002 list of most endangered historic places.) Working with Mike Kertok, an architect in Norman, Okla., Dr. Lam has retained the wooden teller cages, steel vault doors and safe-deposit boxes, incorporating them into the lobby and offices, and has kept the polka-dot terrazzo floor.

Polka-dot terrazzo floors! It’s almost enough to make me want to go to OC. (Not to be confused with the OC. Love the show, but my interest in visiting Newport Beach? Not so much.)

I did a little poking around and found an article about the dome on the web site of a local NBC affiliate. From that article:

Historic preservationists and members of the community fought to preserve the building, however, recognizing its historic significance. The dome was designed by the late R. Buckminster Fuller – inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist.

I am going to poke around for some more information post-caffeination. I also have to go move my car, damnit, because Alternate Side Parking Regulations are back in effect* after more than a week of blissful shuffle-free existence.

*Consider this a public announcement for my fellow (insane) car-owning street parking New Yorkers.