Spaceship dome home

The monolithic-like concrete dome home in Arvada, Colorado is often called a spaceship. The name stuck. The “Spaceship” house was built in 1978 by Clarence and Louise Lederhos who lived in the home until 2016. Architect Jason Elliott Purdy designed the house. Construction of the home utilized an inflated form, polyurethane foam, and steel-reinforced concrete. It is an air-formed, steel-reinforced, concrete structure with polyurethane foam insulation. The steps describing its construction sounds like it diverged from the Monolithic Dome process, but the end result is similar. … read more

Back porch
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Architect Jason Elliott Purdy designed the “spaceship” house for Clarence and Louise Lederhos who constructed the dome in 1978. “For some reason, I always wanted to live in a round house,” said Louise Lederhos in an interview. “But it was the energy efficiency that drew us to this design.” In 2016, they sold their home. Today, it’s on the market again. … read more

A Monolithic Dome sports facility is an instant landmark. It speaks the language of sports design — historically and contemporary. People immediately recognize it as a place for events. In communities with a Monolithic Dome gymnasium, people just say, “The game is at the dome.” … read more

This free evaluation is intended to give a general idea of the scope and cost for a potential Monolithic Dome sports facility project. It will be based on the extensive files and experience of our staff and associated professionals. Of course, it is just a ballpark estimate to help start the process. This is a free service and you are under no obligation. … read more

Stewart Ulrich was a writer for the Monolithic Dome Institute from 2016 to 2018. … read more

This free evaluation is intended to give a general idea of the scope and cost for a potential Monolithic Dome storage project. It will be based on the extensive files and experience of our staff and associated professionals. Of course, it is just a ballpark estimate to help start the process. This is a free service and you are under no obligation. … read more

Jackson Farmers Fertilizer Blend Plant

Storages are the most popular use of the Monolithic Dome. In fact, the number of storages are greater than all other uses — combined. There are tiny shops and storage domes to huge — over 300-feet (91.5 m) diameter — structures storing more than 44,000 tons (40,000 t) of bulk material. Many sites have multiple domes in multiple configurations along with automated product reclaimers and material handling systems. There are Monolithic Dome storages on every continent (well, except Antartica) and they are used for so many different products that we can only list a few highlights. … read more

King's homestead
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Whoever buys Jo King’s Hawaiian dome will buy so much more than a home. They’re buying a dream. The dome has a lot to offer, starting with breath-taking views. Snuggled on an acre of land in the Waimea Valley on Kauai, it’s surrounded by an abundance of history and natural beauty. The open floor plan offers two bedrooms and two and a half baths upstairs with another bath as well as two outdoor showers downstairs, all covering about 1,700 square feet. Painted coconut palms adorn the concrete walls, and a large lanai takes full advantage of the scenery. … read more

Lincoln County Farm Center

Today’s Throwback Thursday is the Lincoln County Farm Center on US Route 66 in Chandler, Oklahoma. It’s home to the first Monolithic Dome fertilizer storage project — built more than 40 years ago in 1978. In 2011, the storage dome was covered with stainless steel and in 2015 they built a large, Monolithic Dome ranch store. … read more

Aerial view of construction

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a bit different as we look to the past and the future in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. In 2016 the Johnson Creek School District opened a five-dome school to serve as the combined middle and high school. The small district of 750 students was dealing with old school buildings plus a hodgepodge of additions and portable classrooms. The maintenance costs were increasing and they needed something new. They tried several times to pass a bond to build a conventional school, but each time the voters rejected it. So they sought for a more innovative, affordable solution and found the Monolithic Dome. … read more

Aerial view of three-dome structure

As we migrate content from our old website we feel it’s time to start our own version of Throwback Thursday. This week it’s the Shalom Dome home in Platte City, Missouri. Completed in 2017, the 3,000 square foot house features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, office, home theater, loft, and a beautiful great room with kitchen and dining area. The unique shape of the Monolithic Dome combines orion-style stem-walls with a multi-dome shaped Airform. … read more

The Texas Bucket List

UPDATE: Now watch the full segment online. This week, The Texas Bucket List is featuring the Monolithic Dome Research Park on their weekly, syndicated television program. Entering its fourteenth season of “sharing the joy, wonder, beauty and excitement of Texas,” host Shane McAuliffe interviews Gary Clark and tours the Monolithic Domes in Italy, Texas. It’s fun to be profiled by a Texas program, after all, the 240-foot long caterpillar shaped manufacturing plant — Bruco: The Texas Italian Caterpillar — is an iconic landmark on Interstate 35E. … read more

The "V" logo
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Facing west toward the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs provides a dramatic foreground thanks to its royal blue sports field and the dome structure situated nearby. The 20,000-square foot Monolithic Dome houses twelve classrooms and two science labs for the school’s 215 seventh and eighth graders. “It looks cool,” says student Ciera. “A lot of people see it and wonder what that thing is and I get to tell them it’s the junior high building!” … read more

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The Thousand Oaks gymnasium is a single dome built near Barry, Texas, as a gymnasium and multi-purpose facility for the DFW Church of Christ Jesus retreat center. … read more

Aerial view of Monolithic Dome fertilizer blend plant
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The tent is up, chairs placed underneath, tables set up nearby, grills are hot, steaks are ready, and pickups are parking on the grassy field. Time again for the annual Jackson Farmers, Inc. open house where farmers see demonstration crops, listen to sales presentations, eat steak, drink beer, and — this time — inspect their new Monolithic Dome fertilizer blend plant. … read more


TSP, Inc. is a commercial architecture firm with offices in Rochester, Minnesota. They are a full-service firm offering architecture, planning, and engineering. … read more

Monolithic Domes have been built all over the world for a wide variety of uses ranging from gigantic mega-churches and bulk storages to tiny houses and safe rooms. They have been constructed as schools, performing arts and events centers, industrial complexes, community shelters, churches, apartments, business offices, and more. The Monolithic Dome’s free-span construction, energy efficiency, and disaster resistance make them the ideal structure for any private or public purpose.  … read more