11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Gold Dome Bank

Year Listed: 2002
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Threat: Development

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Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation

Significance

Since 1956, Oklahoma City's Gold Dome Bank has been a shimmering vision of the future. One of the most recognizable sites in Oklahoma City, the 150-foot-diameter dome was an early example of the geodesic dome patented by the futurist Buckminster Fuller. With its complex web of hexagons, the structure was designed to usher in a new age of technology.

Unfortunately, in July 2001, the owner applied for permission to demolish the building, stating that the structure was too large to serve as a bank and that refurbishing it would be too costly. A community group, the Citizens for the Golden Dome, quickly formed to advocate on behalf of the unique structure.