Built in 1958, the Gold Dome was based on R. Buckmister Fuller’s futuristic geodesic dome design. It was the fifth geodesic dome built in the world and the first one made of gold anodized aluminum. Originally built for Classen State Bank, the building was designed by the Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson and Roloff architectural firm with Robert B. Roloff as chief designer. The building was a radical departure from bank designs of the past and designed to reflect Oklahoma’s prosperous future.
In 2003, The Gold Dome was purchased by Dr. Irene Lam, an Oklahoma City optometrist and civic leader. Dr. Lam partnered with Norman architect Mike Kertok, Ron Rocke and Mark Gifford of Macinni Construction. Their collaboration produced a facelift to the structure while preserving the former bank's golden past. The Gold Dome is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring that the landmark will be preserved for future generations. #Gold_Dome #Oklahoma #Oklahoma_City