Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know.
Last week, Curbed asked readers what buildings in the nation’s capital really peak their interests. One commenter, named Bermtech, said that their favorite building is the Pension Building, otherwise known as the National Building Museum. Another commenter, named mmckaibab, listed a few attractive structures: the Jefferson Building, the National Cathedral, and the Kennedy Center. Still have some suggestions for architectural sites Curbed readers should check out? Leave a comment with what you have in mind.
This week, let’s poke fun at some of the architecture found in Washington, D.C. Which buildings when you pass them really make you wonder, "How did this even get built?" Are there any structures that kind of make you queasy? Or sites that just don’t seem to fit in with the surroundings?
This topic has been discussed in publications like Buzzfeed, the Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian, and even The Washington Post. From these sources, here are a few nominations for the prize of the District’s least attractive building.
- The FBI headquarters ("Perhaps the next central office will be a bit more appealing to the eyes.")
- JW Marriott Hotel ("... let’s face it, it’s horrendous.")
- Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center ("[This is] the symbol of bad planning and design ...")
- U.S. Post Office Building ("Pardon the random trash.")
- Eisenhower Executive Office Building ("[The country’s] greatest monstrosity.")
Have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
• Friday Open Threads archive [Curbed DC]