One month ago, The Buffalo News compiled a list of beloved buildings from Buffalo’s past that were lost to the wrecking ball, fire or other fates. Digging through the region’s architectural heritage got us thinking about the other side of that question: What are the most unloved buildings in the area? Now, reasonable people can disagree on what makes a beautiful, or ugly, building. (Some people might put The Buffalo News headquarters building on the unloved list.)
Some of the works on this list were derided while they were under construction, others have provoked more dismay the more time passes since their completion.
We aren’t professional architectural critics, so wherever possible we’ve tried to relay the critiques of others rather than impose our own views. You may have your own thoughts, of course, and we welcome your feedback. Heck, the City of Toronto for 10 years had a contest, called the Pug Awards, that sought the public’s opinions on the buildings constructed over the previous year.
As you read, keep in mind this quote attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright: “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” ….