The world's ugliest city halls: Our readers vote
Our recent call-out for nominations honouring the most visually offensive municipal architecture produced some scathing — and entertaining — reviews.
Boston was a critical favourite for what one reader called "an ugly brutalist structure" that resembles Toronto's equally prison-like former Sears headquarters on Jarvis St.
Buffalo's city hall also made the architectural "don't" list, labelled by one contributor as "the largest, most hideous statement of excess ... Built when Buffalo was important (pre St. Lawrence seaway), it now looks ridiculous in size and scale compared to the rest of the city."
Closer to home, Mississauga city hall was lambasted by one reader for looking like "a 19th-century prison." Said another of this local attempt at municipal majesty: "I want to take a wrecking ball to Mississauga's city hall."
Misguided civic eyesores were noted in smaller cities, as well, with B.C.'s Trail logging a vote as "a real clunker." Note the evocative symbolism carved out of innovative design features here.
Our own nomination for the world's ugliest city hall — a pain-in-the-eyeball structure in Satu Mare, Romania — garnered support from readers, one of whom called it "a futuristic fortress from a sci-fi movie. Ugly and brutalist indeed."
"I live in Satu Mare," wrote one World Daily reader. "The above-mentioned monstrosity was constructed in the '70s. I had a German architect friend over, and he described the style as Stalin-barock. It is truly one of the many shameful buildings staining the city."