In Search of North America's Tallest Dome?
- My search started in Chicago. The record keepers no longer
list Sears Tower as the world's tallest building, giving the nod
to some structure in SE Asia. Now that Asian building is mostly antenna,
whereas people live and work in Sears Tower. Oh well, Sears has the
world's highest-from-the-ground-floor gift shop.
- A winter storm diverted our plane to Detroit where a long wait
at the airport was made tolerable by the purchase of this snowdome.
There's not much more I can say about the Motor City.
- The St. Louis Arch is only about 600 feet high, but if you've ever
gone to the top, you will be glad it was a short trip. The tram ride is
claustrophobic, and the inside can be hot and humid during the summer.
Nonetheless, there is a way up there and any snowdomer has to go.
Unfortunately, I found no snowdomes for sale inside the arch complex,
although there is a wonderful museum about the opening of the West.
Buy this snowdome at one of the nearby hotels.
Arrive early if you want to see the Statue of Liberty during
the summer tourist season. The wait at the ferry boats can be
long. Save time for the trip over to Ellis Island too.
There are all kinds of NYC snowdomes with the Statue of Liberty. I like
this one the best. You're probably wondering about the Empire State
Building snowdome? I don't have one.
Several years ago, the airlines offered a $39 roundtrip ticket
between Chicago and San Francisco, but the fare was only good for
the two days after our Thanksgiving holiday. We flew out to
California at 5:30 on a Friday morning, and were back home after
24 hours of travel. San Francisco was unusually warm and sunny
that trip. It was nice to stroll around Fishermans Wharf in shorts and
hear Christmas carols over the outdoor speakers. There was time to
walk on the Golden Gate Bridge and buy this snowdome at its visitor
- There weren't too many places to buy snowdomes in Maine. Bar Harbor
is one popular tourist spot. Lighthouses in Maine are among the taller
buildings, but they're still relatively short. No matter. They left room
on the inside of this dome for future growth.
The Search Continues
- At the top of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, you can look out
see the statue of William Penn on top of the city capital building.
For contemporary folks, a more famous statue of Rocky Balboa was put
up very close to Mr. Penn at the staircase immortalized by Sylvester
Stallone in the movie Rocky. True immortality would require a
Jasper is up past the Canadian Rockies, north of Calgary and Edmonton. The bears
stand tall up there, and they let you know it with this snowdome.
- There are two big structures in the Seattle area. One is the Space
Needle. The other is a big house owned by a software company executive.
Perhaps someday, there will be snowdomes showing off the interior of
this mansion. Until then, we have this Space Needle dome, which is one
of the prettier needle domes. It's not the largest...
When I bought this dome, the Toronto tower was situated in the middle of
a big construction zone. A domed stadium now sits nearby, and the whole
area is vibrant with shops and people. The new domes now have to be
round and broad, so that they can show off all the new architecture.
Rev 1.0 November 15, 1997