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Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Galaxy

 
 
Galaxy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2012
1. Galaxy Marker
Inscription. Irving L. Haggins, an African American, born in 1934, designed his one-of-a kind home in 1956. This self-taught architect and contractor built it in 1967. Inspired by modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright's work, it combines unusual organic forms and distinctive naturalistic materials. A sweeping cantilevered roof and electric windows are two ultramodern features. Built in a time shortly after the advent of the “atomic age” the house pays homage to the progressive ideas of its time. Haggins named his dream house Galaxy after often working well into the night with only the stars of the galaxy to witness his labor of love.
 
Erected 2010 by County of Henrico. (Marker Number HC-30.)
 
Location. 37° 28.359′ N, 77° 22.778′ W. Marker is in Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Messer Road 0.2 miles south of Library Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7030 Messer Rd, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Rolfe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chatsworth School (approx. one mile away); Advancing On Richmond
Messer Road (facing south) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2012
2. Messer Road (facing south)
(approx. one mile away); Wilton (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Gilmer (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (approx. 1.4 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
 
Categories. African Americans
 
"Galaxy" image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2012
3. "Galaxy"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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