Boston is undoubtedly home to some of the most gorgeous buildings in the United States, if not the world. But, let’s face it, there are also some clunkers. Our latest Friday Open Thread asks the question: What is the ugliest building in the city?
We are explicitly ruling out Boston City Hall as an answer. It’s too easy. And, for some of us, it’s not that ugly at all, but, instead, a brutalist masterpiece that other cities only wish they had the guts to construct.
So, beyond City Hall, what are some possible options for ugliest in town?
- Any newish condo or apartment tower that essentially looks like one, big, upside-down stalactite. You know the type: glassy, rectangular, yada yada.
- For that matter, 200 Clarendon (a.k.a. the Hancock).
- Government Center Garage: Much of the brutalist behemoth is not long for this world, but, until it goes ... yeesh.
- The Johnson wing of the Boston Public Library: Some adore Philip Johnson’s modern addition to the Copley Square original. Others, not so much.
- Harbor Towers: The condo complex looks like it maybe belongs on the French Riviera, not Boston Harbor.
Your thoughts and nominees? Have at it in the comments section.
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