Monolithic dome home to open for tours Oct. 20

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POLO, Ill.—One of the most unusual homes in the area will once again be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, as part of the Seventh Annual Fall Dome Home Tour. The home, at 710 E. Oregon St. in Polo, is a monolithic dome, a steel-reinforced concrete structure known for its energy efficiency, durability and strength.

The five-bedroom, two-bath dome home is located on a 3 1/3-acre lot near the intersection of Union Street and Oregon Trail in Polo. Visit www.monolithic.com for directions and more details. The tour is free, but visitors will be asked to donate $2 at the door to a local charity.

Monolithic domes are round, steel-reinforced concrete buildings known for their energy efficiency, durability and strength. They meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s criteria for near absolute protection from tornadoes and hurricanes, and can cost as much as 50 percent less to heat and cool than traditional structures of the same size. The tour is designed to raise awareness about these types of homes.

“Monolithic dome homes continue to grow in popularity as more people discover the advantages they have to offer,” said David B. South, president of the Monolithic Dome Institute, sponsor of the tour. “This dome show is a way for the general public to get a firsthand look at a monolithic dome home, and hear about their advantages from people who actually own one.”

South added that the home show will showcase all kinds of domes, from luxury houses to small homes. “We will have dome homes open from Idaho all the way down to Florida,” he said. “I can’t think of a better way to inform the public about how versatile these homes can be.”

For more information about the tour, visit www.monolithic.com.

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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