I want to complain about the ugliest building I have ever seen. Not only is it uglier than sin, but it's also the worst possible selection for it's location.
The building I'm talking about is the Near North Branch of the Chicago Public Library (above).
First of all, let's talk about building materials. Chicago prides itself on architectural detailing, and is a Mecca for Architecture students around the world because of our fabulous historic architecture. Why, oh why, then was this library built using concrete block? So ugly, so low-budget, so out of place. It looks like it belongs in the suburbs.
Secondly, while all of the adjacent buildings are high rise apartment buildings, offices, and stores, the library is a measly 1-story building that is, to say the least, unimpressive. Why waste the valuable air and zoning rights, which so obviously might let you go 40 or 50 stories? Why sacrifice tons more possible real estate value by allowing a one story building in this district? Heaven only knows.
When compared with some of the other libraries in the City (there are 79 branches to the CPL), this one is truly put to shame. See some of the examples below:
Harold Washington Library
Former City Library (now the Chicago Cultural Center)
Rogers Park Branch (my neighborhood!)
And I have the same beef with the Chase Banks I've been seeing built recently. Seriously, who puts a one-story building in the middle of the city? Poor planning, and shame on the city for allowing it to happen.
A former New Yorker-turned Tennesseean-turned Chicagoan who sometimes keeps himself so busy, he barely has a moment to sit down. Of course I sit for long enough to keep this blog. I'm a self-proclaimed news and fact junkie, and I love writing about funny, touching, amazing, annoying, crazy, or just plain boring things that I encounter in this crazy city we know as Chicago.