Stonebridge: An Early Monolithic Dome Home

Stonebridge Monolithic Dome Home.

Aerial photo of Stonebridge after the exterior renovation was completed in 2022.

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Rear Windows.

Detail around the edges of the rear-facing windows.

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Stonebridge is a triple Monolithic Dome Home built by Jack Boyt in 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa. Boyt was a Monolithic Dome Airform pioneer and the original Precision Air Structures (PASCO) owner. He was an early adopter of new technology, so it was no surprise that he built this 2,180-square-foot (202.5 m²), two-level, Monolithic Dome home.

The living area of Stonebridge spans two domes, while a 604-square-foot (56 m²)garage occupies the third of the three-dome cluster. A large augmentation off of the bedroom dome is an oversized walk-in closet.

David B. South and Boyt collaborated for over 40 years to perfect the Airform fabrication process. South eventually purchased PASCO and moved the manufacturing plant to Texas in 1990.

Stonebridge, like Cliffdome, was built in the days when Airforms were peeled off and reused. The home had been coated several times with various coatings, which all ultimately failed. Monolithic was hired in 2022 to renovate the exterior of Stonebridge with metal cladding.

A Worker's Perspective.

The bulk of the metal cladding is installed. Now, the detailed work begins.

Javier Figueroa / Monolithic Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0