Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Markel Building

 
 
The Markel Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 18, 2009
1. The Markel Building Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2005 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC 23.)
 
Location. 37° 35.059′ N, 77° 29.966′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Markel Road 0.1 miles from Willow Lawn Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5310 Markel Road, Richmond VA 23230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westwood Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ampthill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wilton (approx. 1.4 miles
The Markel Building image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 18, 2009
2. The Markel Building
away); Outer Defenses (approx. 1.5 miles away); Mary-Cooke Branch Munford (approx. 1.6 miles away); Three-Chopt Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Windsor (approx. 1.7 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
Inspired by a baked potato in foil. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 18, 2009
3. Inspired by a baked potato in foil.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Paid Advertisement