New Falmouth Group Aims to Save The Dome

WOODS HOLE – A new non-profit is working on rehabilitating the former Dome Restaurant and creating a new use for the facility that opened up in 1953.

The group, called The Dome at Woods Hole, is working to use the property as an arts center, or as organizers describe it, an “interdisciplinary collaborative place that provides a forum for innovative thinking and creative making.”

“We sort of envision it now as an arts center focused on arts, technology, and science. That brings in a connection with the community in Woods Hole with all the science institutions,” said Nicole Goldman, the Chair of the Board of Directors for the non-profit.

The building was designed by Buckminster Fuller and has been unused for over 20 years.

“It is a significant building. It is in the historic district of Woods Hole. It’s on the list of significant buildings for Falmouth and it is eligible for listing on the national historic register,” said Goldman.

Through the end of July, the Falmouth Library will have history on display of the construction of the original Dome in the early 50’s.

The Dome at Woods Hole recently received a grant from the Woods Hole Foundation to fund planning and feasibility studies into the rehabilitation of the facility.

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