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Citizens State Bank, also known as The Gold Dome

1112 Northwest 23rd Street, Oklahoma City




Commonly referred to as the Gold Dome, the Citizens State Bank a distinctive Modern style building with an unusual, gold-colored, anodized aluminum geodesic dome for a roof, became one of the most popular landmarks on Route 66 in the 1960s. Designed by Robert B. Roloff of Oklahoma City in 1958, the building's dome was originally a bright gold which has faded over the years to a patchy gold and silver color. White struts reinforce the roof panels. The dome rests on two large concrete bents which divides the building into two elevations. Separating the dome from the walls is a ten-foot-wide concrete canopy which encircles the building. The ten-foot high walls are a combination of gold-veined black mosaic tile on the front and light orange and brown brick on the rear. The two public entrances have aluminum glazed slab doors separated by a single wide sidelight with sidelights to the outside. The ribbon windows, dominating the north half of the building, are of fixed aluminum, as are the three sets of shorter ribbon windows located on the south side. The drive-thru is constructed of a matching brick with gold-veined black mosaic tile accents and a glass-enclosed lobby on the far southeast side. The roof of the drive-thru is flat but features a wide undulating, ribbed, gold aluminum coping. The Gold Dome became the focus of controversy when a chain drugstore company announced plans to demolish the landmark. But, local citizens rallied around the dome, and everybody won. The bank got its new, smaller building near by, the drugstore located at the same intersection, and a new owner rehabilitated the Gold Dome for a new mixed use.