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These are the top 10 ugliest buildings in America

But they have sparkling personalities?

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil

Our culture of political correctness doesn’t always allow us to call things ugly, but sometimes you’ve just got to call them like you see them. Case in point: Buildworld’s current ranking of the top 10 eyesore buildings in the U.S. The UK building material supplier conducted a not-so-scientific study of the world’s supposed ugliest buildings, culling Twitter for public opinions about particular designs and analyzing the percentage of negative tweets about each building.

The results of a much longer analytical process, which employed an AI algorithm to review collected tweets, were used to determine the list of the world’s, UK’s and U.S.’s ugliest buildings, with good ol’ America coming out on top with more eyesores than our British counterparts.

Six of the world’s most hideous structures can be found right here at home, including the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., which also ranks as the ugliest in the country. The Watergate complex (also in D.C.) and Boston City Hall also made the list. Government buildings are indexed higher than commercial structures, pointing to a general distaste for civic architecture (and, perhaps, political affiliations if you consider one of the towers named on this list.)

Here’s the full list of the top 10 ugliest buildings in the U.S. Should you spot these around town or the next time you’re on vacation, you might think twice about snapping a photo for Instagram.

1. J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.
2. Boston City Hall, Boston
3. Verizon Building, New York
4. Watergate complex, Washington, D.C.
5. The Denver International Airport, Colorado
6. Trump Tower, Las Vegas
7. U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
8. Thompson Center, Chicago
9. Alamodome, San Antonio
10. Florida State Capitol


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Photograph: Courtesy Buildworld

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