October 18, 2010

A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome


At the time of it’s completion, the geodesic structure featured the largest free-span in the world. Within the 384-foot-diameter dome, a giant turntable sorted and shuffled rail cars until the standard size of rail cars changed and the turntable didn’t. For decades the unmaintained dome served as storage, and it was razed in 2007.

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