Is Harold Washington Library one of the ugliest buildings in the world?

Is Harold Washington Library one of the ugliest buildings in the world?

We were amused when Harold Washington Library was dubbed one of the top 15 ugliest buildings in the world by Travel + Leisure yesterday. The library’s bright green, copper gargoyles may not be the most pleasant creatures in the Loop - but they do make a statement. We asked a few of the city’s leading architecture critics what they thought - and who they would’ve nominated to the list.
  • Lee Bey - former architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times “The Museum of Contemporary Art… it’s brutal… and not in an architectural sense.” Leebey-final
  • Blair Kamin - Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune “The buildings that don’t say anything in particular - including many of the apartment and condo towers built recently in Chicago.” kamin-final
  • Lisa DiChiera - Advocacy director for Landmarks Illinois “Once the spaceship addition landed in Soldier Field…” lisac-final