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First Virginia Bank (Bank of Virginia)

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Bank of Virginia
1973–1977, Dudley, Morrisette, Cedarquist and Associates. 555 E. Main St.
  • First Virginia Bank (Bank of Virginia) (Richard Guy Wilson)

The seventeen-story headquarters for the Bank of Virginia is perhaps downtown Norfolk's most unattractive building, largely because of its bottom-heavy, fortresslike appearance. A five-level parking garage perches above the ground-floor lobby; its ribbed concrete walls and narrow ventilation slits are an excellent example of American Brutalism. Rising above the garage, the office tower is its visual opposite: narrow concrete piers juxtaposed with tinted glass curtain walls.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "First Virginia Bank (Bank of Virginia)", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 400-400.

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