Home DescriptionThe Dome HomeKevin Shaw2019-12-09T13:03:12-06:00
In West Linn, there stands a home with many names. Hobbit Home, Mushroom Abode, Star Wars House, Dome Home. No matter what you call it, the home’s unique design and story makes it a truly unique and fascinating home.
The Dome Home was designed and built in 1978 by Francisco Reynders, a Dutch artist, musician, actor, and mime (he studied under the famous Marcel Marcea). Reynders mistrusted right angles so he decided to build a series of nine domes linked together by flat roofs. Reynders used salvaged materials from the WWII Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill. And to top it off Reynders added other personal touches like painted satyrs, secret passageways and other dramatic surprises.
Since Reynders’ death in 1996, the Dome Home went through a handful of owners and eventually fell into disrepair and bankruptcy court. Although many feared that it would end up being torn down by developers it was thankfully saved by Rebecca and Alex Hagmuller. They are calling the Dome Home their own and restoring it back to its former glory.