Three guests, two from Arkansas, discuss the vine-covered EcoShell garage.

Three guests, two from Arkansas, discuss the vine-covered EcoShell garage. (Gary L. Clark)


Monolithic’s 2014 open house attracts visitors from across the country

“Our second tour in 10 years! Your [homes are] beautiful.”—That is what Tim and Gena B. from Dallas said about their experience at the 2014 Annual Monolithic Dome Institute Headquarters Open House and Dome Tour, held Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Italy, Texas.

Over one hundred people from every corner of the country flocked to the Monolithic Dome Institute last month for the opportunity to tour Bruco, the Texas Italian Caterpillar, along with several houses and offices located on the 24-acre property.

People began arriving a little before 10am, with the last guests departing after 4pm. Some who traveled, spent the previous night near, to facilitate early arrival. Self-guided maps were provided and between ten and fifteen Monolithic employees were on the premises answering questions and guiding tour groups through the buildings at different times.

Monolithic’s president and celebrated inventor, David B. South, was available throughout the day and spoke personally to many visitors.

Refreshments were served in Monolithic’s main office and the training center, where Monolithic Dome building workshops are held to train new generations of dome-builders.

Many signed the guestbook at Charca Casa, the home of David South, and his wife, Judy. “Beautiful! Thank you for opening your home to us. Love the kitchen and the way it opens to the living room,” said Mike and Kim B. from Arkansas. Richard Cartwright said, “Fantastic! Economical!”

People from as far away as Minnesota, Arkansas and California reported they traveled to Texas specifically to participate in the annual tour. Most attendees had the highest interest in looking at the houses. Charca Casa is always open and available for tours, but folks were excited to get the opportunity to see the inside of the Shamrock Chateau and Due Sorelle.

Open House attendee signing guest book at the home of Monolithic’s president, David South.

Open House attendee signing guest book at the home of Monolithic’s president, David South. (Gary L. Clark)

A group of eco-friendly attendees led by Laura, a returning visitor working on the design of her own Monolithic Dome home, enjoy their tour of Charca Casa, the home of David and Judy South.

A group of eco-friendly attendees led by Laura, a returning visitor working on the design of her own Monolithic Dome home, enjoy their tour of Charca Casa, the home of David and Judy South. (Gary L. Clark)

Open house visitors from Wisconsin meet another Wisconsin native in the entryway to Charca Casa.

Open house visitors from Wisconsin meet another Wisconsin native in the entryway to Charca Casa. (Gary L. Clark)

Two sisters and canine companion sign the guest book at the home of David and Judy South during the 2014 Monolithic Open House.

Two sisters and canine companion sign the guest book at the home of David and Judy South during the 2014 Monolithic Open House. (Gary L. Clark)

Open house attendees return for ideas for their own Monolithic Dome home.

Open house attendees return for ideas for their own Monolithic Dome home. (Gary L. Clark)

A couple poses for a photo in Charca Casa’s entryway during the 2014 Monolithic Open House.

A couple poses for a photo in Charca Casa’s entryway during the 2014 Monolithic Open House. (Gary L. Clark)

Former workshop attendee, Charles Zipper, brought his family and friends to the 2014 Monolithic Open House.

Former workshop attendee, Charles Zipper, brought his family and friends to the 2014 Monolithic Open House. (Gary L. Clark)

A mother and daughter came to investigate an energy-efficient, safe home. They pose in the entryway of Charca Casa.

A mother and daughter came to investigate an energy-efficient, safe home. They pose in the entryway of Charca Casa. (Gary L. Clark)

A couple from Arkansas pose for a photo in Charca Casa’s kitchen.

A couple from Arkansas pose for a photo in Charca Casa’s kitchen. (Gary L. Clark)

A group visits the home of David and Judy South at the 2014 Monolithic Open House.

A group visits the home of David and Judy South at the 2014 Monolithic Open House. (Gary L. Clark)