Environmental engineering firm TEEMCO has purchased the iconic Gold Dome on Route 66 in Oklahoma City with plans to restore and occupy it. Modeled after Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome design, the structure was the third of its kind ever built when it debuted in 1958. The building—now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places—also holds the honor as the first dome to have a gold-anodized aluminum roof, as well as the first above-ground geodesic dome.
TEEMCO intends to restore as many original elements as possible while introducing new components such as a water feature in the lobby. The 27,000-square-foot structure will go by the name TEEMCO Gold Dome.
"Our company believes the building should be preserved for future generations to appreciate," Greg Lorson, CEO of TEEMCO, said in a statement. "In the end, we want the building to represent a coming together of nature, physics, art, and technology. In this way the building will be functional art communicating the value of man's positive impact on our environment."