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Massachusetts Mid-Century Modern Domes

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Nautilus Motor Inn
Woods Hole, MA
The Nautilus Motor Inn's Dome Restaurant was built in 1953. The geodesic dome is 54 feet in diameter. It was designed by students in a studio taught by Buckminster Fuller at MIT and is the oldest Fuller dome still in existence. The first one was built in Dearborn, MI to enclose the Ford Motor Rotunda but that one burned down. The dome has not been in use for about five years. There are plans to demolish the Motor Inn to build retirement condos, preserving the Dome skeleton. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]