Buckeye Building


The former Buckeye Insurance Building as it looks today.

James E. Casto | For The Herald-Dispatch


In 1978, the Columbus-based Buckeye Insurance Co.
 spent $1.4 million to build a modern office building
at 611 3rd Ave. in downtown Huntington.

Ten years later, in 1988, a Huntington law firm. Huddleston, Bolen,
Beatty, Porter & Copen, became the building’s new owner
 after paying $575,000 and trading its former office
building at 1001 6th Ave. to Buckeye Insurance.

“We’re very pleased with our purchase,” law partner
Richard Bolen told The Herald-Dispatch. “Our
 firm has grown consistently and sees the
buy as emphasizing our belief in
the future of Huntington.”

In addition to housing Buckeye Insurance, the 48,000-square-foot
 Buckeye Building had several tenants including IBM, Enoxy
 Coal and Kelly Services. Buckeye President James P.
Jones said a lack of additional tenants had
prompted his company to
 sell the building.

Bolen said his firm planned to gut and renovate the
building’s first and second floors at a cost of
 between $700.000 and $800,000.

In 2013, Huntington’s Huddleston Bolen LLP merged with
a national firm, Dinsmore & Shohl, based in Cincinnati.
In a news release, George H. Vincent, Dinsmore’s
managing partner and chairman, said the merger
 reflected “our commitment to West
 Virginia and Kentucky.”

The merged law firm continues to operate
 in the 3rd Avenue building originally
 built by Buckeye Insurance.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on July 18, 2023.


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