Architecture and Design

On the trip to Richmond we visited some areas we had not seen in a while.  It is a very Southern town, but a lot of redevolopment is going on in many areas.  We usually see the old colonial homes with the live oaks and crepe myrtles trees

We found this interesting building off Broad Street. 

This is the Markel Building, built in 1962.  Richmond native architect Haig Jamgochain was inspired by a bake potato wraped in foil.  Each floor section of aluminum is 555 feet long, with sledge hammered crinkles.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elizabeth Holcombe
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 02:51:26

    Love the photo! I grew up in Richmond and know that bldg. very well. It’s near Willow Lawn shopping center. The building on stilts next to it was designed by my father, another Richmond architect, J. Calvin Holcombe. He still practices architecture today. Hoep you too time to go to the Krispy Kreme just down the street!~~~XXOO, Beth


  2. Darlene
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 20:33:45

    This is quite cool! Like a cross between the GuggenheimNY & stacked aluminum pie tins. 🙂 I’m curious as to what the building is used for. I like it.


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