This website addresses the life and work of Petr and Louise Jandacek and by extension their ancestors and descendants. Over the years their focus, vocations, avocations, interests and hobbies include their three children, teaching and producing art, raising and training horses and dogs, Peace Corps service in Jamaica, building a geodesic dome home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, volunteer concerns in 4-H, church and prison ministry, chautauqua performances, and genealogy.
Petr Jandacek was born in Czechoslovakia, and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois at the age of nine. Petr attended Morton Jr. College (Associate in Arts Degree in Education), Illinois State University (Bachelors Degree in Art and Art Education, and Illinois Institute of Technology and its Institute of Design (Master of Science in Design and Art Education).
After 45 years of teaching art (in Round Lake, IL in Thornton, IL, and at all the schools in Los Alamos, NM), Petr retired and now focuses his time on his passions: his family, his art, and linguistics. Petr Jandacek is a teacher and life-long scholar, a performer and educator, an artist and inventor, a husband, father, and grandfather.
Louise Jandacek (nee Evanich) was raised in Lansing, Illinois. She attended Illinois State University and went on to teach elementary school and junior high school in Illinois.
Louise is a successful artist, a caregiver to her loving aunt, and delights in her grandchildren.
The study of non-traditional architecture and environmental optimal design led the Jandaceks to decide upon Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome when making plans to build their home in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was a natural choice for a minimum surface area for maximum inside volume. The dome was constructed on top of 6′ concrete block risers giving the house two stories.
The lower level includes 4 bedrooms, an art studio, two bathrooms, and the utility room. The staircase to the upstairs is located in the attached solarium, constructed out of native stone. The upper level includes open common rooms, so as not to destroy the geodesic ceiling. The solarium, being two stories high, includes many large tropical trees and a jungle like environment. The passive solar design provides heat in the winter and cheerful lighting throughout the year. Over thirty stained glass windows and other art items are a natural compliment.