The RBF Dome Nonprofit 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.

The RBF Dome Mission

Our mission is to preserve the original dome home of R. Buckminster Fuller.  To develop and operate a “home museum” within that Dome Home and chronicle the years during which Buckminster Fuller and his wife Anne lived there.  To utilize the Fuller Dome Home Museum 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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.

Restoration Progress

"The Mechanical Philosopher" has created a series of videos documenting the entire restoration to date. You can watch the first video in the series below and all of the following videos HERE.

How You Can Help

Right now there are two ways you can help support the completion of the restoration and continuing maintainance of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home.  We have an online store where 100% of the proceeds go to the restoration and maintainance of the Dome. Secondly, you can donate directly. We have a PayPal Donation option and a GoFundMe campaign. Any donation would be greatly appreciated and will help us keep this amazing treasure accessible to the public.