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Oklahoma Mid-Century Modern Domes

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former Citizens State Bank
Oklahoma City, OK
The Citizens State Bank was advertised as the "Bank of Tomorrow" when it was built in 1958. It was designed by Robert Roloff of Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson & Roloff. The building is now simply referred to as the "Gold Dome". It cost over $1 million to build and features a gold, anodized aluminum geodesic dome roof. The building was nearly demolished in 2001. It was restored from 2001-2003 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was then used as an event center, a bar, retail and office space. The original ceiling, teller booths, steel vault doors, safe deposit boxes, and terrazzo floor were preserved. The Gold Dome's companion office tower, the Citizens Bank Tower, was also restored and converted into luxury apartments. In 2013, the building was sold to TEEMCO. However, that plan fell through and the building remains vacant. In 2016, there are reports that the building will likely soon house a Natural Grocers supermarket. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Kerr Activity Center
Ada, OK
The Kerr Activity Center dome was built in 1974. It is located at East Central University. The dome was modeled after the one at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. For more, see this website. [map]

Granite City
Moore, OK
The Granite City building has a gold anodized aluminum dome like the one at Citizens State Bank. It was built in 2000 to replace a similar looking building with a dome which was destroyed by a tornado. That building originally housed a Nuway Cleaners. There was a three-sided pylon sign with Nuway letters projecting from the center of the dome. Soon after the new building was constructed, Granite City moved in. [map]

VFW Post #2270
Enid, OK
The VFW Post #2270 building features a concrete dome. It was built in 1957. [map]

Rose Bowl
Tulsa, OK
The Rose Bowl was built in 1962. It was designed by William Henry Ryan. The building consists of two-and-one-half concrete domes which rest on two central pillars. The building has survived several fires. The bowling alley closed in 2005 and the maple lanes were removed. The building housed the Rose Bowl Event Center since 2008. In 2012, the building was purchased by One Hope Vision Ministries. The building will be used as a youth center. There are plans to restore the building. For more, see this website. [map]

Tornado Dome
Clinton, OK
The Tornado Dome at Clinton High School was built in 1969. [map]

Yukon City Hall
Yukon, OK
The Yukon City Hall building features a central dome. It was built in 1962 as a bank. In 1979, the building was remodeled for Yukon's public library. Since 1998, the building has housed City Hall. [map]

dome home
Hinton, OK
This dome home was built in 1980 but I'll include it in this section anyway. It was painted white with red trim in 2007. For more, see this website. [map]

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Timberlake High School (Helena)