Prefab Icon: Dome of Discovery by Ralph Tubbs

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March 18, 2013
Originally published in Indoor Outdoor
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The Doomed Dome
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  London's no-longer-extant Dome of Discovery welcomed some eight million visitors during the Festival of Britain in 1951. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
    London's no-longer-extant Dome of Discovery welcomed some eight million visitors during the Festival of Britain in 1951. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
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  Dome of Discovery's architect Ralph Tubbs. Photo Courtesy Jonathan Tubbs.
    Dome of Discovery's architect Ralph Tubbs. Photo Courtesy Jonathan Tubbs.
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  At the time of completion (workmen rivet panels onto the roof), the 365-foot span (also the height of St. Paul's Cathedral) made it the largest dome on the planet. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
    At the time of completion (workmen rivet panels onto the roof), the 365-foot span (also the height of St. Paul's Cathedral) made it the largest dome on the planet. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
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  To support the dome, Tubbs and engineers Freeman, Fox & Partners buttressed the 93-foot-high structure with 48 steel masts. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
    To support the dome, Tubbs and engineers Freeman, Fox & Partners buttressed the 93-foot-high structure with 48 steel masts. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
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  The recent exhibit: Dome: Ralph Tubbs and the Festival of Britain at Chelsea Space in London helped the dome reach a new audience during the 2012 London Design Festival. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
    The recent exhibit: Dome: Ralph Tubbs and the Festival of Britain at Chelsea Space in London helped the dome reach a new audience during the 2012 London Design Festival. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
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