Thursday, June 19, 2008

golden dome

june 17 010

The Gold Dome is also on the corner of NW 23rd and Classen. A big "Save The Dome" campaign happened when the bank using it wanted to demolish it and sale it to Walgreens. You know, gaudy historical landmark for a chain - whoops.

From wikipedia: "The Gold Dome is a geodesic dome in Oklahoma City, United States, considered to be a major landmark. Located at the intersection of North West 23rd Street and North Classen Boulevard, it sits in the heart of the city's Asia District. Once threatened with demolition, it has now been redeveloped into an Asian cultural center complete with office space, retail, restaurants and an exhibit on the works of Buckminister Fuller planned for the vault of the former Citizen's Bank." And - "The dome is constructed of 625 panels, ranging in size from 7.5 to 11.5 feet in length, 60 – 70 pounds in weight each, and spanning a diameter of 145 feet.[1] The interior covers about 27,000 square feet.1 The Gold Dome bank was an approximately $1 million investment."

If I'm honest (and why wouldn't I be?), I didn't know it was an Asian cultural center at all - looking at the signs in the front, nothing triggered that. I guess I'll have to check it out more closely. There's also The Prohibition Room, a 30s-40s theme restaurant - and I see they have vegetarian options too, so yay!

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