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Boston City Hall tops ugliest-building list
By Globe Staff
For decades, Boston's City Hall has been the butt of jokes and the object of scorn. Although some architects have praised its Brutalist design, local detractors have derided it as the Incredible Hulk and said it resembles a jail and "the crate that Faneuil Hall came in.''
Now City Hall, which opened in 1969, is getting some international attention: It tops the list of the "World's Top 10 Ugliest Buildings' and Monuments'' compiled by the website VirtualTourist.com, which provides tourism and travel information. Editors and readers of the site point out the building's "dreary facade" and its "incongruity with the city's more genteel architecture. Luckily, it's very close to more aesthetically pleasing attractions.''
Mayor Thomas Menino has long disliked the present City Hall and has proposed to tear it down and build an "architecturally magnificent" one on the South Boston waterfront.
"This is great news for tourism in Boston," Menino said. "It proves we really do have it all -- the most historic places in the world and the ugliest building in the world. You can see it all right here in beloved Boston."
Rounding out the top five on the website's list of ugliest buildings, and the site's comments about them, are:
-- Montparnasse Tower in Paris; "the ominous stick is a blight on the landscape of the world's most stunning city.''
-- LuckyShoe Monument, in Tuuri, Finland, "a giant, golden horseshoe."
-- Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, England; "people who work here must be sick of the space capsule jokes.''
-- Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City; an "iron monstrosity.''
Want the whole list? Here's a separate story , from Reuters.