Although German engineer Walther Bauersfeld technically invented the geodesic dome—a network of triangles that form a sphere—it was American architect, engineer, inventor, and all-around nerd guy Buckminster Fuller who's credited with the structure, having patented it in 1954. Flash forward to present day: a geodesic home built according to Fuller's designs is on the market on vacation hotspot Shelter Island. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom property has a loft and a wraparound deck; the brokerbabble also suggests that "a second story expansion would capture ocean views." And the place is priced at $595K. Does anyone smell the sour stench of a teardown? Oh well: at least Buckminster's former residence, the R. Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett Dome Home, still stands in southern Illinois: it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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