Arizona Mid-Century Modern Domes

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geodesic domes
Show Low, AZ


This pair of geodesic domes were built in 1968 or 1969. At least one of them housed the Apache Pavilion Restaurant. It was later known as the Dome Cafe. The domes now house a bail bonds business and The Dome. The building on the left has an addition in front. It looked just like the one on the right originally. [map]

Yucca, AZ
The Dinesphere, often called the Golf Ball House, is a 40 foot in diameter geodesic sphere. It was built in 1976 as the Dinesphere nightclub and restaurant for a land development project. The Dinesphere never actually opened and the company went bankrupt around 1981. Around 1981, new owners bought it and spent about seven years converting the building into their three-story house. There is now a convenience store on the property with a few other spaceship sculptures next to it. For more, see this website. [map]

Meteor City Trading Post
Winslow, AZ
The Meteor City Trading Post, a souvenir shop, opened in 1938. The original building was replaced with this dome in 1979. The dome burned down in 1990 and was replaced. Just a few months after these photos were taken in 2012, the place closed. It has been vacant since then. In 2017, it was announced that it would be reopening. There was a similar dome at the Indian City in Allentown, AZ. For more, see this website. [map]

Ortega's Indian Market
Lupton, AZ
2006: 2012:
Ortega's Indian Market is another geodesic dome souvenir shop. It appears that this building was constructed around the same time as the one in Meteor City described above. It has been closed since at least 2003. [first photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

Mobil gas station
Winslow, AZ
Visitors Information Center [gone]
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
The Mobil gas station convenience store was probably another trading post originally. It is located on the road to Metor Crater, just south of the Meteor City Trading Post described above. There used to be another dome like this in Houck, AZ. These dome trading posts were all probably owned by Armand Ortega. [map]

The ASU Visitors Information Center was built in 1962 as the Valley National Bank. It was designed by Weaver and Drover, a Phoenix-based firm. This building later housed a Bank One branch. This was the first geodesic dome built in Arizona. The University demolished the building in 2007 for new development. For more, see this website.

Gila Vista Junior High School
Yuma, AZ
This round, dome-topped concrete building at Gila Vista Junior High School is used as the library. It appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
Flagstaff, AZ
The J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University was built in 1977 for over $8 million. The roof is a triangulated grid system, made with pine beams and iron supports. The dome has 132 doors around its perimeter. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Robert L. Duffy High School
Phoenix, AZ
Although these buildings are not mid-century modern, I'll include them anyway. Robert L. Duffy High School was built in 2010. The roofs of these four monolithic domes are painted to look like Earth, Neptune, Saturn, and Jupiter. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Washington Elementary School
Winslow, AZ
The Washington Elementary School was built in the 1970s. [map]

Casa Grande, AZ
The Casa Grande Domes were built in 1982 for an electronics assembly plant that never opened. They have been abandoned for many years. Some people believe they are haunted. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]


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