Preserved Under Fiberglass Domes, a Counterculture Spirit Thrives

Although plenty of campuses offer specialized housing — often reserved for vegans, teetotalers, athletes and other like-minded souls — it is probably safe to say that there is no place quite like the Domes, an early venture into sustainable living at the University of California, Davis. The complex of 14 tiny domes (elevation: 52 feet, population: 28-plus) is officially named Baggins End, after the Tolkien character. “Very few artifacts from the period survive,” said Kurt Kornbluth, the founder and director of the university’s Program for International Energy Technologies and a Domes alumnus. “And unlike Haight-Ashbury, the Domes are still happening.”


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