Missouri Botanical Garden Climatron: A Celebration of 50 Years

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The Climatron is perhaps the most iconic and famed building at the Missouri Botanical Garden, noted as the first geodesic dome to be used as a greenhouse when constructed in 1960. To mark the monument's 50th anniversary in 2010, the Garden is releasing a new full-color souvenir book, Missouri Botanical Garden Climatron: A Celebration of 50 Years. The 108 page paperback contains over a dozen three-dimensional images by noted 3 D photographer David E. Klutho, along with rarely-before-seen archival images and contemporary photography.

The Climatron was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in U.S. history by the U.S. Bicentennial Commission of Architects. The free-standing structure, designed by St. Louis architects Murphy and Mackey, incorporates the principles of R. Buckminster Fuller, who patented the geodesic dome design. The Climatron rises 70 feet in the center with no interior support, allowing generous light and space for the 24,000 square feet (more than half an acre) of tropical rain forest plants within an increasing number of which are endangered in the wild.

Author: Eric Mumford 
Paperback: 108 pages