Yes, you've got it right. The October Travel & Leisure features the illustrious Bunny Wong's list of The World's Ugliest Buildings, and, somehow, Hammond Beeby's Harold L. Washington Library comes in at Number 4.
What, does she have some lingering childhood fear of gigantic, flaming owls?
Readers will know I'm not the biggest fan of the giant brickpile on State Street, but come on. Then again, Ms. Wong starts out by describing her Number One, Michael Grave's Portland Building as "one of the most hated buildings in America." Most Hated. Most Ugly. Most Easy to Get Pictures Of. Same. Same. Same. Right?
With a couple of exceptions, the buildings on Wong's list are less ugly than loopy, often quite pleasantly so, as in the case of No. Six, the Longaberger Home Office building in Newark, Ohio.
(My God, all those people milling around the parking lot, they look just like ants.)
Seriously, how could anyone call any of the structures on Wong's list the world's ugliest once they've experienced something like this:What do you think is the ugliest building, if not in the world, then at least in Chicago? And why?