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Richmond, Virginia: Markel Building: Baked Potato

According to its historical marker, this circular building, open since 1965, was designed by architect Haig Jamgochian after he saw a foil-wrapped baked potato, and he "personally sledgehammered crinkles into the 3rd floor siding."

5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA
Northeast of downtown, one block south of US-250/N. Broad St., between Willow Lawn Drive and Byrd Ave., on the north side of Markel Rd.
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Markel Building.

Markel Building

Inspired by a foil-wrapped potato (seriously), the Markel Building has been deemed one of the ten ugliest buildings in the world.

[Jennifer J Grove, 08/10/2023]

According to its historical marker, the building is "a unique architectural example of its era," (the 1960s) and designer Haig Jamgochian "personally sledgehammered crinkles into the 3rd floor siding."

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