Architecture Gone Awry: Houston's 8 Ugliest Buildings
The old HISD Central Services building on Richmond -- called the Taj Mahal by HISD employees, both for its massive size and the massive budget that went into building it -- was torn down in 2007. One of the few examples of Brutalist architecture in Houston -- the Alley Theater being another notable, if more well-designed, example -- it was either loved or hated by residents, most of whom did not even remotely appreciate the stark, prison-like exterior or the cold concrete with which it had been built.
Photo courtesy of Swamplot The HISD Central Services building, a.k.a. the Taj Mahal
But ever since the polarizing building was demolished to make room for an equally ugly Costco, the city has had a void to fill. It was easily considered the ugliest building in Houston by most who laid eyes on it. Which building will take its place?
For your consideration, we present -- in no particular order -- eight of the ugliest buildings in Houston. Leave your choice in the comments section below. And if we missed an even uglier building, be sure to let us know.
Federal Reserve Bank
Our personal choice for the ugliest building in the city, this monstrosity looks as though it was built from a giant child's box of refuse Lego blocks. Our Twitter followers agreed, as @Fealty37 put it: "OMG! Finally, someone hit the eyesore on the fracking head." @theoshu agreed: "I was driving down Memorial today thinking that exact thing. Horrible Lego architecture."
Photo by imelda
Although the building's aesthetics have been somewhat improved by the removal of the giant "DALLAS" on the front (yes, it's technically the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), it is simply a universal truth that teal clashes with...everything. And should never be used in great quantity in any architecture, ever.
Memorial Hermann Hospital, Gessner and I-10
Nicknamed the Decepticon by members of the Houston Architecture Info Forum, the only time the hospital tower's completely divergent architectural styles don't clash with one another is at night, when you can't see it for the blinding blue lights that are projected off of its "crown" like the Deadlights of Steven King's fabled It. Even better, the futuristic crown itself is bizarrely off-center on top of the boring, Perry Homes-style stucco base. Completing the trifecta of ugliness is the languishing, seemingly never-to-be-completed directly hotel next door.
Photo by baldheretic