CALL TO ACTION!
The Dome at Woods Hole, Inc. was formed by a loose group of concerned community members who were drawn together with the express interest of preserving the Dome through a sensitive and thorough historic preservation process. Our mission is to rehabilitate the dome and its site for the highest and best use. Given the dome’s identity as the oldest surviving geodesic dome built by Bucky Fuller and his students, we believe the best use of the dome must acknowledge the incredible legacy that the structure embodies.
Regardless of the dome’s future use, the plan must recognize and take into account the historic significance of the geodesic dome as well as its attached wings.
We have been working for over two years to secure site control of the historic geodesic dome in Woods Hole, in order to ensure its preservation. That effort began with the previous owner, who supported our organization with seed money and expressed interest in donating the dome and a modest parcel to our organization. The new owner, Woods Hole Partners LLC, which is run by Mark Bogosian of Longfellow Design Build and an investor, made a number of promises to work with The Dome. We entered into collaborative discussions with Bogosian to ensure that our vision to rehabilitate the structure into an inter-disciplinary arts center could be realized alongside his residential development.
Although we believed that our discussions were moving in a fruitful direction, the developer has backed away from his promises to collaborate and has put forward his own plan for an “arts center”, composed of ideas cherry-picked from the Dome’s concept. This plan has now been formally submitted for review by local agencies as he seeks permission for construction. We believe that the plan threatens the dome’s integrity as a mid-century modern icon.
You can read more about our perspective on these negotiations in these recent articles:
Our concern with the proposed project is purely out of concern for the dome. Without a plan that respects the dome’s significance and legacy, we feel that we have no other option but to oppose the project publicly.
Our offer to work collaboratively with the owner still stands. We have also offered to purchase the entire 5.4 acre parcel, or a larger parcel for the dome, and both offers have been rejected.
We urge community members to get involved by attending the hearings at the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board in January. If you cannot attend, your comments can be made directly to these boards by email. Send letters and make your voice heard!