Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nelson and Peck: Eyesores of downtown
If you spent Sunday enjoying the sun and missed the Star Tribune, Rick Nelson and Claude Peck sent a shout-out to the ugliest buildings in downtown Minneapolis. (And Lord, we have a bunch of them.)

Says Peck, "Flashy architect Helmut Jahn did a bunch of cool designs in the Chicago loop, including the dazzling and popular State of Illinois Building. So why'd he leave us with the 701 Building, a forgettable midsize office tower with turquoise and salmon-colored accents and the personality of a toaster?"

Also on their list:
  • HHH Metrodome
  • Star Tribune addition
  • Normandy Hotel
  • Towle Building
  • Hilton Hotel
  • International Centre
  • Target Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Salvation Army Apartments
  • 100 Washington Avenue
  • Former Federal Courts Building, 4th Street
What did Nelson and Peck miss? Have any complaints about their list? Jot down a comment, please. (Photo of the Normandy Hotel courtesy of the Star Tribune)

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