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Nothing like it!

We weren’t impressed with the style but were very glad we stopped by to check it out on a weekend... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Lakeland, Florida
Truly interesting aluminum clad building

Supposedly inspired by a baked potato wrapped n tin foil, this is a very unusual building. It is... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 Sep 2018
“Nothing like it!”
27 Feb 2018
“Truly interesting aluminum clad building”
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Iconic landmark in Richmond's mid West End. It houses a number of independent business now, but was originally the headquarters for the specialty insurance company Markel

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JDWL
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We weren’t impressed with the style but were very glad we stopped by to check it out on a weekend when parking was not an object. If you are in the area it is worth a visit. We did not go inside the building which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NanaMarlin
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Supposedly inspired by a baked potato wrapped n tin foil, this is a very unusual building. It is three stories and each ne is clad in a single sheet of aluminum. Each sheet is 555 feet long. Especially interesting in bright sunlight. Some people think...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great place to have an office and icon in the community and with convenient parking and nearby financial and dining establishments you can't go wrong.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank PAUL C
Reviewed 11 September 2014

i remember the guy (haigh jamgosian) swinging the sledge hammer. strange and imaginative fella. it was like seeing an alien back then when the building was completed. right next to it was the "paper clip" building. when the markels originally built this, it was exotic...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank mathewskemp
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I barely remember this building, but I should. One of the things that people notice about this office is not how much it resembles the Guggenheim Museum but the materials covering it. But for me, that's no surprise. My father worked for years making aluminum...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank thegreatunknown
Reviewed 25 November 2012

Interesting office building ,very unusual ,looks as if it's wrapped in aluminum foil. The story of it's constrution is depicted in photos in the lobby.It is nice to have some office buildings that are different from the typical styles,

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank Vavavic
Reviewed 7 October 2012

This building is so unique. A native of Richmond, architect Haigh Jamgochian, was commissioned to design the building in 1962. Get this, the design was inspired by a baked potatoe he had while attending an American Institute of Architect's dinner. Each floor consists of a...More

Date of experience: October 2012
4  Thank DPD123
Reviewed 28 August 2012

Designed at the height of the modern architecture movement, it is now a classic. It shines in the sun too.

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank Rumaweigh
Reviewed 22 May 2012

This building is a rare built work by a highly experimental and intellectually gifted architect, Haig Jamgochian. While its surroundings are underwhelming, the structure itself is inventive, interesting, and beautiful. the distinct materiality, massing, light play on the facade is wondrous. The facade texture was...More

Date of experience: May 2012
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