Boston City Hall may not be easy on the eyes, but it’s hardly the ugliest building in town. Consider the leading candidates for that title
|1) 575–585 COMM AVE, BOSTON.|
BU dorm belongs in Tirana.
|2) JFK FEDERAL BUILDING, 15 NEW SUDBURY STREET, BOSTON.|
Looks both deserted and structurally unsound; makes City Hall seem worse than it really is.
|3) WILLIAM JAMES HALL, 33 KIRKLAND STREET, CAMBRIDGE.|
Architectural come-uppance for the 02138 set.
|4) 790 BOYLSTON AVENUE (PRUDENTIAL CENTER), BOSTON.|
Ugly-upscale residences conveniently located near ugly-upscale shopping.
|5) CHARLES F. HURLEY BUILDING, 19 STANIFORD STREET, BOSTON.|
City Hall’s uglier twin; walls resemble matted fur.
|6) SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, 750 BOYLSTON AVENUE (PRUDENTIAL CENTER), BOSTON.|
Remarkably homely upscale department store.
|7) HOWARD JOHNSON FENWAY, 1271 BOYLSTON AVENUE, BOSTON.|
Imminent demise for Fenway redevelopment gives its ugliness a wistful tinge.
|8) 330 BEACON STREET, BOSTON.|
Dreary apartments. Where was the Back Bay Architectural Commission when we needed them?
|9) 867 BOYLSTON AVENUE, BOSTON.|
The first floor’s fine; it’s floors two through six of this indeterminately purposed building that hurt to look at.
|10) 42 LOMASNEY WAY, BOSTON|
In theory, this four-story apartment building is a solitary reminder of the once-vibrant West End; in reality, it’s depressing and annoying.
Photos by Rebecca Kate Prettyman
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