Seasonal gallery of
metal design artist,
Connie B. Burkhart & featuring local artists
OPEN SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS MAY - OCT
Abiquiú Dome is owned by metal design artist Connie B. Burkhart. The Dome has been her seasonal studio and gallery since 2016. Connie also uses the Dome as a base to lead groups on hikes in geology, history, and archaeological site visits. The Dome sits on one and a quarter acres on the edge of Red Wash Canyon, a destination trail for geology buffs, and an entry point to Copper Canyon at the edge of the Colorado Plateau.
Constructed in 2006, the structure was completed in 10 days by students and friends of the Arches, Domes & Vaults class of Northern New Mexico College in El Rito, NM, under the direction of Professor Quentin Wilson. He was inspired to recreate the same architectural process first used at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey over 1500 years ago.
The Dome is an early 6th century A.D. architectural wonder first developed by the Byzantines using a process that incorporates pendentives to convert a square adobe building into a semi circular dome. The Dome stands on an exceptional 12'x12' concrete foundation of 2 1/2 feet deep with a reinforcement basket of nine rebars, each 3/4 inches thick. The height of the dome is 16’9” and its walls are 14 inches thick. The domed roof is 7 inches thick and has a ‘keystone’ of apricot hardwood which also holds a grand candle chandelier. The outside is stuccoed with an adobe color finish for preservation.
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