The Virginia

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Designed by the Richmond firm of Noland and Baskervill, The Virginia was erected in 1906 as the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia State Insurance Company and stands as an individualized example of early-20th-century commercial classicism. In addition to housing the city’s second largest insurance company and other offices, the building accommodated prestige apartments, a combination of uses then unique in Richmond and never again attempted here. Located on fashionable Fifth Street, the structure was designed to complement the neighborhood through a restrained and inventive treatment of the exterior which made use of a curved façade, rusticated brickwork, and subtle spacing of bays. In addition to offices, the Virginia building now houses facilities for the adjacent Second Presbyterian Church.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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