The Markel Building

The Markel Building (HMGZX)

Location: Richmond, VA 23230
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.059', W 77° 29.966'

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The Markel Corporation commissioned architect Haig Jamgochian, a Richmond native, to design their headquarters in 1962. The aluminum clad conical structure was inspired by a baked potatto wrapped in foil served to Jamgochian while attending an American Institute of Architect's dinner. Each floor consists of a single piece of 555-foot aluminum. They are the longest unbroken pieces of aluminum ever used as siding material. Jamgochian personally sledge-hammered crinkles into the 3rd floor siding before contractors finished the job on the other two floors in 1965. The building is a unique architectural example of its era.
Marker NumberHC 23
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCounty of Henrico
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279305 N 4162632
Decimal Degrees37.58431667, -77.49943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.059', W 77° 29.966'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 3.54" N, 77° 29' 57.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5310 Markel Rd, Richmond VA 23230, US
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