Markel building, Richmond
This isn't really a fondest memory, folks, but just something that sticks out like a watermelon in a bowlful of chickpeas. I'm not a devotee of architecture, sport fans, but I know an ugly building when I see it. The Markel building wouldn't be so ugly if they didn't bang dents into the steel. It looks like a UFO wrapped in aluminum foil! Seeing aluminum foil wrapped around a baked potato at a restaurant is exactly what inspired the architect to commit this architectural atrocity, which probably could scare kids at night. I don't think the building gives tours, but you can't miss it going on West Broad Street. It's located right behind Extra Billy's Barbecue.
It was named one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world in 2009 right here on Virtual Tourist and the results revealed in Reuters and Yahoo.com
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