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