Located in Madison, Wisconsin, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom dome home is called the Sunflower House due to its round shape and the petal-like awnings over the triangular windows. Built in 1952 by architect James Dresser as a family home, the structure was featured in many 1950s magazines due to its unique style.
Dresser studied organic architecture as an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in Spring Green, and designed the Sunflower House as a monodome—a concrete shell built on a radial framework of curved steel beams. Similar to the Quonset hut structures used by the U.S. military after World War II, the steel beams create a central living space with a kitchen at the center. Half of of the dome is the living and dining room while the other half was originally one small master bedroom, a bathroom, and two children’s bedrooms.
Over time, interim owners combined the two small children’s bedrooms into a master and added closets. Original features include a floor made up of plywood strips placed edge-up in a concentric pattern that were glued and nailed into place one strip at a time. Triangular windows have been updated for efficiency, but stay true to the initial design.
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