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First Virginia Bank (Bank of Virginia)
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.
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