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What are the 10 ugliest buildings in the US?

The US is home to a handful of very beautiful building... today we will take a look at those that are considered by residents and architects as the ugliest.

Edificio J. Edgar Hoover Building, oficina del FBI. Foto: Wikipedia

Evaluating the beauty of a building, like art, is a somewhat subjective exercise. However, the brilliant team at Build World UK used Twitter data to identify the “Top 10 Eyesore Buildings in the US.”

Top three ugliest buildings in the US

The analysts say that the first step was to compile a list of the most “derided buildings in the U.S.” Then they took to Twitter and tried to find “design-themed tweets,” which were run through the “sentiment analysis tool,” HuggingIce, which allowed the team to “determine the percentage of tweets that were negative about each building’s design.”

1. J. Edgar Hoover Building, FBI Headquarters, Washington DC

Investigating the architect of this criminally 1970s design should have been the first case the FBI handled after moving in. This 2.8 million sq² ft monstrosity cannot be missed in Downtown DC, just a few steps away from Federal Triangle.

The building’s name references the first man to run the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, who led the agency from 1935 to 1972. Hoover’s tenure shaped 20th-century American life, and his legacy continues to be reflected in policing and government surveillance programs today.

The headquarters also happens to be the most hated building online, based on the number of negative tweets regarding its structure that have made sent. Of tweets made about the building, thirty-seven percent were negative... meaning the enormous concrete structure must have some fans.

2. Boston City Hall, Boston MA

Build World UK reported that Boston’s City Hall building had the second-highest percentage of unfavorable tweets; approximately 25 percent were negative.

3. Verizon Building, New York City, NY

Located in Lower Manhattan, the Verizon Building is one of many’s least favorite features of NYC’s skyline.

The Verizon Building is thirty-two stories of homes and businesses that follow an Art Deco style. Only around twenty percent of Twitter users who mentioned the building voiced their distaste.

What other buildings made Build World UK's list?

  • Watergate Complex, Washington DC 
  • Denver International Airport, Denver CO
  • Trump Tower, Las Vegas, NV
  • US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Thompson Center, Chicago, IL
  • Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
  • Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL

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