America’s top ten ugliest buildings revealed including Trump’s gaudy golden hotel in Vegas

America’s top ten ugliest buildings revealed including Trump’s gaudy golden hotel in Vegas, Boston’s brutalist City Hall and J. Edgar Hoover’s 2.4m square foot concrete monstrosity in DC

  • Hoover Building topped Buildworld’s list of ugliest buildings in America 
  • Crumbling FBI HQ was described as a ‘blocky, brutalist monolith’
  • Watergate, Boston City Hall, Denver Airport, Trump Tower Vegas also singled out

The J. Edgar Hoover Building, the crumbling and soon-to-be replaced headquarters to the FBI, has been unceremoniously named the ‘ugliest building in America.’

The 2.4million square foot concrete monstrosity in the nation’s capital of Washington DC received the distinction from Buildworld, a British-based building supplies outlet.

Buildworld’s rankings were determined by a sentiment analysis tool called HuggingFace that analyzed tweets about a various buildings that the company placed on a list.

The Hoover Building, dedicated in 1975 and named for the first-ever FBI director, was described as having ‘a certain Minecraft-y charm about the blocky brutalist monolith’ but now only ‘evokes the worst of 20th-century politics and the 21st-century surveillance state.’

The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters to the FBI, has been unceremoniously named the 'ugliest building in America'

The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters to the FBI, has been unceremoniously named the ‘ugliest building in America’

The company found that over 37 percent of tweets about the Hoover Building’s design were deemed negative. 

Despite being named tops in America, the building only finished second in Buildworld’s rankings of ugliest buildings in the world, ‘losing’ out to the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.

Currently, the FBI is determining where to build its new headquarters, having spent years trying to nail down a site.

In 2016, current and former FBI agents and officials interviewed said they don’t think Hoover’s name should embellish the new structure because the some of the former FBI director’s policies violated the law and constitutional rights. 

Then-Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont wrote a letter to the GSA urging the agency ‘not to take steps to transfer’ Hoover’s name onto the new headquarters. 

An FBI spokesperson told the news channel the naming of the proposed new headquarters will ultimately be left up to Congress, and that the issue has so far ‘not come up in any discussions related to the project.’ 

Second on the list came the city hall building in Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in 1962, Buildworld describes it as ‘striking and original’ when it opened, ‘but doomed to date badly, especially as it is as gloomy inside as out.’

Second on the list came the city hall building in Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in 1962, Buildworld describes it as ' striking and original' when it opened, 'but doomed to date badly, especially as it is as gloomy inside as out'

Second on the list came the city hall building in Boston, Massachusetts. Opened in 1962, Buildworld describes it as ‘ striking and original’ when it opened, ‘but doomed to date badly, especially as it is as gloomy inside as out’ 

The Watergate Complex in Washington was the second building in the nation's capital make the top five

The Watergate Complex in Washington was the second building in the nation’s capital make the top five

Denver International Airport was ranked the fifth-ugliest building in America

Denver International Airport was ranked the fifth-ugliest building in America

'Radiating a curiously old-fashioned idea of glamour and built in a style most succinctly described as Trumpitecture, the condo tower's final divisive motif is the 20-foot high TRUMP in glowing serif font at its tip,' Buildword wrote derisively of Las Vegas' Trump Tower

‘Radiating a curiously old-fashioned idea of glamour and built in a style most succinctly described as Trumpitecture, the condo tower’s final divisive motif is the 20-foot high TRUMP in glowing serif font at its tip,’ Buildword wrote derisively of Las Vegas’ Trump Tower

US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings, was named the world's ugliest stadium

US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings, was named the world’s ugliest stadium

Rounding out the top five are the Verizon Building in New York, the Watergate Complex in Washington and the Denver Airport.

Trump Tower in Las Vegas finished sixth in the rankings and 10th overall worldwide. 

‘Radiating a curiously old-fashioned idea of glamour and built in a style most succinctly described as Trumpitecture, the condo tower’s final divisive motif is the 20-foot high TRUMP in glowing serif font at its tip,’ Buildword wrote derisively.

Following it up was US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where residents told CBS News they strongly disagreed with the home of the NFL’s Vikings being named world’s ugliest stadium. 

‘Compared to the Metrodome, it’s fantastic,’ Reggie Brown said, comparing it to the Vikings’ old home. ‘I love this stadium. It’s new, it’s exciting. I think the people, they love it. I speak for myself, I love it. I can’t speak for all, but it’s a beautiful stadium.’

‘The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and ASM Global are proud of U.S. Bank Stadium’s iconic design and the incredible sports and entertainment environment that this state-of-the-art facility provides for our community and our guests,’ a spokesperson for the stadium said in a statement.

Rounding out the top 10 in America were the Thompson Building in Chicago, San Antonio’s Alamodome and the capitol building in Tallahasee, Florida. 

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