“Not since the invention of the stop sign has the octagon had it so good.” A Charleston newspaper reporter thus captured the theme of this sixteen-story bank and office complex when the Kanawha Valley Bank (now One Valley Bank) opened at its new location. Not only the building itself, but also interior planters, desks, and tables are octagons (or at least polygons). In the sixth-floor boardroom, bank directors meet around an octagonal table that rests on an octagonal carpet.
Typical of late-twentieth-century high-rise architecture, the tower is not divided into base, shaft, and capital. Instead, an undifferentiated