The R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Not-For-Profit

An Organization to Restore, Maintain and Promote Fuller's Carbondale Dome Home

Bucky Fuller in front of Carbondale Home Dome

The RBF Dome Mission

Our mission is to preserve the original dome home and legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. To develop and operate a “home museum” within the Carbondale, Illinois Dome Home and chronicle the years during which Buckminster Fuller and his wife Anne lived there. To utilize the Fuller Dome Home Museum as an educational tool to help fulfill Fuller’s vision -

to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.

Bill Perk | 1926 - 2022

  • Bill Perk
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    Bill holding a bottle with Buck's image on label
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    Bill at Dome
  • Bill Perk on the way to Ford Museum
    Bill on the way to the Henry Ford Museum 2008
Bill Perk holding Bucky Bottle

Bill Perk

Aka H. F. W. Perk, WW2 Vet, RAND Emeritus, LOCKHEED Emeritus, ITT Emeritus, SIU Emeritus, Member: ISAER, CESJ, BFI, TSI; AAAS, UCS, SPLC, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, and a World Citizen

Bill Perk

The Buckminster Fuller Dome Home is very saddened to report the passing of our founding board member, long-time guiding light and devoted friend Mr. Bill Perk. The Carbondale "Bucky Dome" would not be standing at all if not for the generosity and devotion and compassion of Bill Perk.

The R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Not-For-Profit mission statement at the top of this page was written many years ago. It reflects the commitment made by Bill, a long time colleague and friend of Bucky Fuller.

Bill Perk's vision will continue to be carried forward in earnest, by the members of RBF Dome NFP.

Campaign for New Visitor's Center!

The Groundbreaking for the new Visitor's Center has inspired many long standing admirers of the effort to help in having Bucky's Home Dome Museum become a beacon for the legacy of Bucky Fuller. Join us in assuring that the Carbondale Home Dome becomes a beacon to the world because now, more than ever, Bucky's message to humanity needs to be heard.

Huge Fabulous Yard Sale was a fabulous success!

Thank you to the staff that ran the yardsale and to all who were able to attend.

You are invited to the next Fabulous Fund-Raising Yard Sale! Help build the Bucky Dome Home Museum Visitor Center!

Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 407 S. Forest | Carbondale, Il


  • High quality framed art - Local artists. (Peg Falcone, Al Parr, Morris Louis, Jan Heat)
  • Quilt Raffle - artist Kelley Hessian
  • Puka School Table,(original) Native percussion Instruments
  • Antique Steamer Trunk
  • Dozens of Match Box and Hot Wheels Cars (1960s)
  • Nice Toys, Games, Basketballs
  • Golf Clubs and Bags
  • Sleeping bags and Air Mattress
  • Coleman Coolers
  • Wood porch swing
  • Antiques and Collectibles

  • Tiffany chandelier (Nogales)
  • Guitars, M. Hohner Marine Band Harmonica
  • Lots of lovely antique glassware
  • Bottles, pitchers, Mid-Century baskets
  • Early 20th Century rocking chairs (late 19th/early 20th century)
  • Back packs, blankets, comforters, sheet sets
  • Large/small rugs
  • 6' Outdoor roller shades (brand new)
  • Telescope (D-76, F-600)


  • Coffee makers, magic bullets
  • Lots of pots and pans, dishes, cups, glasses, baking dishes, fans, air purifiers, heaters.
  • Shelving (metal and wood)
  • Antique tools, batttery-powered tools
  • Tables, printer, early 20th Century school desks
  • Dog pens/cages
  • Pet carrier
  • and more!

Campaign for New Visitor's Center!

The Bucky Dome Board, in collaboration with the Arbor District, held a ground-breaking event on October 22/2022 for a new Fuller Home Dome Visitor's Center.

The visitor's center will sit Directly across from the Dome at 811 W Cherry Street.

Dome Board with shovels at groundbreaking.

Donate to Visitors Center

New Donation!

Mary O'Hara and Tom Redmond

"The Groundbreaking for the Dome’s Visitor’s Center was an inspiring event for many. It paid homage, not only to Bucky Fuller, but the hundreds of people who are inspired by his work. They persevere. One Person has our special attention right now is Bill Perk (1927-2022)...visionary, teacher, philanthropist, activist, and loving father and husband. October 24th was to be his 93rd birthday. "

"To honor Bill’s contributions to many, Mary O’Hara and Tom Redmond, will match any donation to the Dome project up to $1,000.00."

"Let’s keep this momentum going. Onwards to the opening of the Visitor’s Center before the next Solar Eclipse in 2024!"

We are ready for scheduled tours at Bucky Fuller's Dome Home!

Schedule Your Tour!

The Fuller Dome Home Restoration Project

Honoring his legacy, inspiring our future.

Phase 1 Complete!
Dome Circa 1997

Fuller's Legacy

Buckminster Fuller being interviewed by CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite for a CBS network series "The 21st Century." The interview took place inside Fuller's dome house in Carbondale, October 18, 1966.

A Global Legend

R. Buckminster Fuller was one of the most significant, influential visionaries of the 20th century, and his legacy is vital for today and for future generations.

About Bucky

Dome Home

Buckys Carbondale Dome Home

In April 1960 Buckminster Fuller assembled his geodesic dome home in Carbondale, living in it with his wife Anne until 1971. During that time, Bucky was a professor at Southern Illinois University for 12 years.

Carbondale Dome Home

The Dome in Carbondale was the only Dome in which Bucky and Anne lived during their lifetime and is a National Treasure being saved by RBF Dome NFP.

The Dome Home


Dome restoration Holland Prize

Library of Congress/Thad Heckman

The Preservation Project

The preservation of Buckminster Fuller's Carbondale Dome Home has merited several high honors, including the prestigious "Holland Prize."

See our progress!

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.."

R. Buckminster Fuller

Your financial support is needed to secure our success.

Press Release

Carbondale’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore (1300 East Main Street) welcomes Buckminster Fuller Dome Home authors Cary O’Dell and Thad Heckman on Saturday, August 14, 2021 for an inaugural book signing.

O’Dell and Heckman will be signing and selling copies of their book “Bucky’s Dome: The Resurrection of R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dome Home” starting at 12 noon.

ALL author proceeds from the book will be donated to the RBF Dome NFP for the further restoration and preservation of the Carbondale’s Buckminster Fuller Dome Home located at 407 South Forest Avenue in Carbondale.

Built in one day in 1960, Carbondale’s “Bucky Dome” is the only dome that SIU Professor and architectural visionary Buckminster Fuller ever lived in for over a decade, and it is the only home he ever owned.

Along with the Barnes Noble book signing, the Dome will also be OPEN FOR TOURS throughout the day on August 14, 2021. After getting your book, drive over to the Dome itself, at 407 S. Forest, for an up-close look.

When visiting the Dome,the CDC's latest recommendations will be followed. It is requested that all visitors wear a protective mask while visiting the Dome Home.


An Organization to Restore, Maintain and Promote Fuller's Carbondale Dome Home