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Old March 7th, 2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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What are some pre-modernist buildings that would be considered ugly if built today?

Most lists of ugly buildings in the world are skewed towards modernist or postmodernist buildings:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/p...buildings.html

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slid...iest-buildings

http://list25.com/25-ugliest-buildings-in-the-world/

What are some examples of pre modernist buildings that would be considered ugly if they were built today? I'd nominate some of these:

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Old March 8th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #2
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I know some people in the 19th century, including Oscar Wilde, thought the Chicago Water Tower was hideous.

In fact, Richard Howland (president of National Trust for Historic Preservation in the early-mid 20th century) was making a huge effort trying to bring up the bad reputation Victorian architecture had amongst the general public in the 1950s.


I think the Tribune Tower in Chicago was seen as dated when it was built.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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Maybe the Cathedral of Beauvais?



Maybe a better thread question is what building would have been considered ugly in its time?
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[QUOTE=ThatOneGuy;122213780]Maybe the Cathedral of Beauvais?



Beautiful. Wonder what it looks like from the front...

wait...

THERE IS NO FRONT!
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Old March 8th, 2015, 03:30 AM   #5
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The same applies to all vernacular architecture with no aesthetics.

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Old March 8th, 2015, 02:25 PM   #6
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It would be pretty hard to fins, most of the ugly buildings haven't stood the test of time - due to slum clearances, war (and not being rebuilt) etc.
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